Clothing—it’s the thing that separates us from the animals (except if you’re wearing zebra print jeggings, then you’re just as ferocious). There are easy ways, though, to reduce your clothing’s negative impact on the environment. Choose:
- Recycled fabrics
- Biodegradable dyes
- Certification for fair labor practices
- Organic fibers
- Renewable materials
- You should avoid clothes that are wrinkle-resistant and that have been treated with chlorine-based bleaches. Of course, there are other (better) options with your clothing than buying new constantly.
Reduce your wardrobe, first and foremost. Look at your dresser or closet: do you really wear everything you own? If you don’t use it, donate it to a Goodwill or secondhand store. Get to the minimum and stay there. And if you find yourself lacking a needed accessory, go back to those same used clothing stores and look for hidden gems. Remember: reduce, reuse, recycle—it works with clothing, too!