Fashion, Lookbook

Want to make your wardrobe more green? Here’s how.

And we don't mean just the color.

In the wake of the United Nation’s damning climate report, people are scrambling to think of ways to make their lives more carbon neutral. Whether that means driving less, eating more vegetables, every little bit helps to try and stem the effects of global warming. Have you ever thought that one way to be more green, can start with your closet?

Many people probably wouldn’t look to their closets when they think about climate change. Most issues around clothing production circle around human rights offenses. However, the recent fast fashion movement is to blame for a large portion of climate change. In fact, the fashion industry creates more pollution than international flights and maritime shipping, over 1.2 billion tonnes of carbon a year! This can account for 5% of global emissions yearly.

the fashion industry creates more pollution than international flights and maritime shipping, over 1.2 billion tonnes of carbon a year! This can account for 5% of global emissions yearly. Click To Tweet

While everyone isn’t able to afford an electric car or go vegan at the drop of a hat – we do have the ability to harness fashion as a tool for the global good.

One way to focus on limiting the global impact of the fashion industry is to simply buy less. This can come in many different forms, like recycling old clothes into new pieces, or going to thrift stores when you need to update your wardrobe.

While thrifting isn’t the most glamorous method of shopping, it lowers the demand for new inventory.  That means that clothing companies can slow the breakneck speed of production. It also increases the value of long-lasting, multi-use items. If a piece of clothing has survived multiple uses, it’s clearly built to last.

With a little creativity, you can turn thrift store finds into perfectly tailored outfits. Learning to sew is a very versatile skill that can make you essential in any friend group. Your ability to make your outfits custom to your style and your size means that you can impact your network, showing them that fashion is yours alone.

Make sure you find these legacy pieces and hold onto them with love - they’re good for you and the planet! Click To Tweet

If you do choose to shop, select pieces that can carry you through many seasons, and many years of use. Consider products that are built to last, so they don’t need to be replaced often. Something as simple as a white t-shirt can come in a wide range of qualities – from ones that tear on the first use, to ones that you’ve owned for forever. Make sure you find these legacy pieces and hold onto them with love – they’re good for you and the planet!

It’s great to investigate and find brands that choose to be carbon neutral with their production. Many brands are moving towards carbon neutral production standards. You can find these companies by searching the web. One resource is the Global Organic Textile Standard, which ensures organic fibers and environmental standards for the entire supply chain behind a product – meaning that everything, even your red shirt, is green.

One resource is the Global Organic Textile Standard, which ensures organic fibers and environmental standards for the entire supply chain behind a product - meaning that everything, even your red shirt, is green. Click To Tweet

The UN Climate Report stipulated that widespread changes need to be made before our planet’s temperature rises beyond our control. With goals set for 12 years in the future, we don’t need to rely on our governments to act on our behalf.

We can start by simply cleaning out our closets.