Switching to Pre-Loved Clothing: How to Build a Sustainable Wardrobe
Building a sustainable wardrobe may seem like a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be. With a few simple changes and a bit of planning, you can have a wardrobe that is both stylish and eco-friendly.
The first step in building a sustainable wardrobe is to assess what you already have. Take a look at your current clothing and determine what you love, what you wear often, and what you can part with. Instead of throwing out items that you no longer wear, consider donating them. This will not only make room for new sustainable clothing but also reduce the amount of textile waste going to landfills.
Once you have a better idea of what you need, it's time to start looking for sustainable clothing options. One of the best ways to do this is to shop for pre-loved clothing. Second-hand clothing is not only good for the environment but also more affordable than buying new. You can find pre-loved clothing at The Green Collective with a wide selection of apparel and accessories for adults and children. Additionally, you can also look for sustainable clothing brands that use eco-friendly materials and ethical production methods. At TGC, we house many apparel and footwear brands that are sustainable and eco-friendly. From footwear made from recycled tyres to outfits made from handmade natural fabrics- explore the full range at our store.
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Another way to build a sustainable wardrobe is to invest in high-quality, versatile pieces that can be worn year-round and mixed and matched with other items in your closet. This will not only save you money in the long run but also decrease the amount of clothing you need to purchase.
When shopping for sustainable clothing, it's also important to consider the care and maintenance of the garments. Choose items that are easy to care for and can be washed and worn multiple times before needing to be cleaned. Avoid clothes that require dry cleaning, as the chemicals used in dry cleaning can be harmful to the environment.
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Lastly, consider the impact of your purchase. Look for clothes made from sustainable materials such as organic cotton, linen, and hemp. Avoid clothes made from synthetic materials like polyester, which is a petroleum-based fabric and can take hundreds of years to decompose.
Building a sustainable wardrobe is a process that takes time and effort. However, with a few simple changes and a bit of planning, you can have a wardrobe that is both stylish and eco-friendly. Remember to assess what you already have, shop for pre-loved clothing, invest in high-quality, versatile pieces and consider the impact of your purchase. Happy sustainable shopping!