May 09 2017

Tips For An Eco Fashion Closet

by Back on the Racks in General

Tips To Make Your Closet More Eco-Friendly

Eco FashionFinding ways to support eco fashion or an eco-friendly clothing policy for your closet is more than just being trendy. It is also playing a part in recycling, reusing and repurposing items to extend their use.

This practice, even on an individual level, can have a big impact on a local community as well as the world in general. By being more aware of what you are purchasing and the footprint that is created in the production of fabric, accessories and even the buttons and fasteners you can help reduce pollution and waste.

Choose the Best Fabric Sources

There are an increasing number of synthetic fabrics on the market. While these fabrics tend to be lower in cost they are much higher in the potential damage they do to the environment.

Ideally, look for organically grown natural fibers that are used to create fabrics. Good choices include organic cotton, hemp, Lyocell (made from wood pulp) as well as soy and bamboo. Linen is another great green fabric option as it is made from flax. It is also a wonderful look for summer and can be easily dressed up or worn casually.

These fabrics are featured by some designers and are also a standard in many lines of clothing for casual, business and evening wear. Silk is also a natural and renewable fabric and offers a luxurious fabric for special items. Alpaca and cashmere are eco-friendly options, and they are natural fibers that will stand up to years of wear.

There are some fabrics that are even processed and dyed using “green” methods. Often these are labeled as organic fabrics, and they are processed using natural dyes and detergents that make them a very limited footprint type of clothing item.

Carefully Consider Your Laundry Practices

Washing and drying your clothing can eliminate all the benefits if you don’t pay attention to some of the most common wasteful and environmentally damaging practices. Keep in mind dry cleaning releases toxic chemicals, so avoiding clothing that requires this cleaning option is important.

Look for a “green” fabric detergent to use. There are several on the market that don’t add harsh and dangerous chemicals to the wastewater supply. These green detergents are made without any perfumes or skin irritants, so they are kind to you and your family as well.

With many of the natural materials discussed above, drying naturally by air drying is a very eco-friendly option. Avoid using the dryer and instead invest in a simple drying rack or an outdoor line. Not only will your clothes stay looking new for longer, but they will smell amazing if they can be dried outside in the fresh air.

Another important consideration with an eco-friendly closet is to avoid trendy looks. These quickly go out of style which means they contribute to waste in landfills. However, with any clothing, consider donating to charity or a consignment shop rather than tossing out the item, which is a great way to extend the life of any clothing item.

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