For Earth day:
Five changes in your wardrobe that will do the planet some good.
1. Stop buying clothes.
For awhile, to reset the way you shop and get new shopping habits. Take a good look at what you have, and a critical eye on what you _really_ need. Make a wishlist, and only buy things that will have practical use or bring you great joy. 🌿
2. Give new life.
Most of us only use 11% of the clothes we own; what hangs in your wardrobe in uselessness that would bring someone else great joy? Keep a «give away/donate/sell» box, so you can put something away, see how you are feeling about letting go of it for a few days, and then if you are ready; let it have a new and meaningfull life with someone else.
3. Make do and mend. If it’s broken, fix it. There are a million youtube tutorials on how to alter clothing and mend things, and also tailors shops and shoemakers all over that can help you. If you think that the price of repair is too high, remember that what we in western society pay for clothes is not the true cost. Clothing is cheap because we pay an artificial low price, burdened on the planet’s eco-systems and the people making the clothes.
4. Textile industry.
Wake up. Forced labour, no living wage, horrid working conditions; that is the lives of the people who make your cheap t-shirts. Make a better decision: choose fairtrade, choose local, choose fair working conditions. If you look at that cheap H&M jacket you’d like to buy and remember that someone who isn’t paid a living wage makes this: would you really still buy it? The fast fashion textile industry is built on the backs of modern day slaves.
5. Not all materials are made equal.
The true cost of your polyester shirt is not only that of the textile industry; but also the micro plastic that garment will produce with every wash; and the non-decomposable garbage it will eventually end up as. So first, always recycle your clothing when there is no life left in them, and also use a washing bag like the @guppyfriend to stop micro plastic from being released into nature. Also avoid (non organic) cotton, it is the most wasteful type of textile we have. Choose bamboo, wool, hemp and viscose🌱