It's getting tougher to ignore the impact the fashion industry is making on the environment. Here our tips on how you can help make a difference.
1. Purchase sustainable materials:
Sustainable fabrics are usually made with the environment in mind. Manufactures consider the impact their production is making, without leaving behind a large carbon footprint. Thus, purchasing these can make a huge difference not only environmentally, but also with the landfill crisis.
Organic cotton is a great substitute to traditional cotton, which consists of large amount of chemicals. In contrast, organic cotton uses much less water and no chemicals are used at the farming or manufacturing stages.
Organic and natural fibres can also contribute towards a more positive lifestyle, as they are more breathable and softer against the skin, causing less irritation.
Other natural fabrics are, organic silk, hemp, linen and organic wool, just to name a few.
2. Changing our purchasing habits:
It’s no secret that mass production has contributed greatly to rising pollution levels. Buying less can help reduce the impact the fashion industry in making in the climate crisis.
Place focus on quality over quantity. We are to custom to purchasing disposable items. Purchasing quality items can increase the longevity of your garments. Quality fabric and construction will last a lot longer then the cheaper alternatives.
Being more selective over clothing choices can help drastically reduce the environmental impact.
3. Purchase from businesses that have lower carbon footprint.
Where do your clothes come from? Businesses that are less environmentally impactful will have more beneficial ways of working.
For example, all of RV Bhudia’s organic cotton comes from a UK manufactured supplier, which means there is lower carbon emission during transportation.
Sustainable businesses give consideration to the circular economy and how their business can have a positive impact on the environment.
4. Consider the garments end of life:
Once the garment comes to its end of life, we usually have the habit of throwing it in the bin. In 2018 The Times reported 300,000 tonnes of clothing ends up in the landfill.
When your garment comes to its end of life or you no longer want it consider how to you can dispose of it sustainably. If it is still in good condition, there are plenty of charity shops that will take donations (some listed below)
Charity donation stores:
· Traid Collection: (https://www.traid.org.uk/) - specialises in reducing thrown away clothing
· British Heart Foundation: (https://www.bhf.org.uk/)
· The Salvation Army: (https://www.salvationarmy.org.uk/)
5. Upcycling & restyling; The next big trends in fashion:
Consider how you can change you garments to fit the next big trend. There are many online tips on how to alter clothing to bring life back into them. It can also be a great way for you to explore your creativity. For example our oversized tees can be turned in to crop tops by just cutting off the bottom, leaving you with a new top and the spare fabric that can be used to make other items such hair scrunchies.
Restyle your clothes. Revamp the look of your clothes by changing a few staple pieces of you outfits. Adding some statement jewellery or changing your jacket, can take you from old to new, at not extract cost to the planet.
At RV Bhudia, we do our best to create clothing that are staple pieces for every closet. The can be worn in different ways and restyled uniquely to give a different look every time (website: https://rvbhudia.com/).
Thank you for read our tips on how to create a more sustainable wardrobe.
Source: Times article: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/clothes-worth-12-5bn-are-thrown-in-bin b8rqfrcg2#:~:text=Britons%20binned%20clothes%20worth%20%C2%A3,almost%20%C2%A3500%2C%20research%20found.