The clothing industry has always been a significant contributor to the environmental impact of a community. Sustainability has become a buzzword amongst consumers and companies alike, but what does it really mean? How can sustainable clothing help you go greener in everyday life? So, in this blog post, we'll take a look at sustainable clothing, and what makes the best sustainable clothing possible for your wardrobe.
What is Sustainable Clothing?
Sustainable clothing is clothing that is made from materials that are environmentally friendly and/or re-used. It is made from either natural fibers or synthetic fiber. Most sustainable fashion uses recycled or up-cycled materials, such as cotton and wool, or organic cotton or linen.
Sustainable fashion is not just about using less material, but about using materials that have a lower impact on the environment than conventional materials. The main focus of sustainable fashion is the reduction of pollution caused by industrial processes such as chemical manufacturing and energy use; this includes water pollution from raw sewage discharge into waterways, carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel production and transport, and waste disposal issues associated with such activities.
There are three main principles that underpin sustainable fashion:
Reduce - using less material with similar function to other fabrics (such as cotton) or recycled materials, such as cotton and polyester.
Reuse - using up-cycled materials rather than new ones. This can include reusing old clothes, bags, shoes, etc. to make new ones. It also includes using upholstery fabric from old furniture to make new furniture cushions.
Recycling - The process of recycling includes separating, cleaning and repairing clothing before it can be resold or used again.
Importance of Sustainable Clothing?
Sustainable clothing is important for protecting the environment. Clothes are made from natural materials, including cotton, hemp, and even bamboo. Natural fabrics are less likely to pollute water supplies and have a smaller carbon footprint than man-made fabrics.
It helps to reduce pollution. Many synthetic materials have been shown to be harmful to human health at low levels of exposure. This is especially true for chemicals that break down or bio accumulate (build up) in our bodies over time.
The use of natural fibers in clothing means that less energy is required during production and there are fewer waste products from manufacturing processes. This means that less energy is required to produce these products and they can be recycled more easily when they reach the end of their useful life span.
Sustainable clothing helps protect animals. Many animals die when their habitats are destroyed in order to make room for farms or factories that use chemicals and other harmful materials.
How Does Sustainable Fashion Help the Environment?
Sustainable fashion is not only about reducing waste, but also about improving the quality of life for future generations.
Sustainable fashion reduces or eliminates waste through recycling, reusing, and/or up-cycling. For example, up-cycling can be done by composting or turning recycled materials into new products.
The fashion trend of repurposing discarded objects as an artistic medium encourages society as a whole to think more carefully about the waste created and how to reduce it. Some sustainable fashion items may be made from recycled materials or other natural fibers such as cotton or wool that have been processed into yarns or threads. This means that less energy is needed for production, which reduces pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
Sustainable fashion helps protect natural resources such as water and land by using non-toxic ingredients that do not harm the environment when they are discarded after use in clothing items or furniture construction materials.
Fortunately, there are ways that we can all make a difference. By purchasing clothing from companies that promote and use sustainable manufacturing techniques, we can help reduce the environmental impact of textile production. But we don't have to stop there. By buying wisely, making an effort to repair or recycle our clothing, and avoiding excessive consumption, we can all contribute to a greener future for fashion.