As we approach Earth Day this coming Saturday, we at Poor Little Rich Girl wanted to share some tips with our fabulous readers about how to be more eco-friendly when it comes to your clothes. It's not something that we necessarily think about, but a huge amount of clothing is sent to landfills or incinerators every year. In fact, in 2012, this was the fate of 84% of discarded clothing in the U.S. This INCLUDES donated clothing.
So what can you do to help lower this number? Here are our top 5 suggestions:
5. Repurpose your old shirts. Nifty has this great article/tutorial to get you started.
4. Wash your clothing less. Yup - you read that right. Washing clothing less can add up to a huge reduction in your clothing's carbon footprint (and save you $$).
3. Buy durable garments. Sure, buying clothing made out of true fabrics like wool or cotton (instead of synthetic plastics) may be more expensive up front, but they are more durable and will not require replacement as often.
2. Be knowledgable about fast fashion. It's an epidemic that isn't really discussed in mainstream media, but a quick search on youtube provides a plethora of documentaries to choose from to educate yourself. Personally, we like Alex James' take on it.
And our #1 suggestion is.......
CONSIGN!!!! Find a shop that you like and hand over your gently loved items for resale. This works well the other way too. Take our advice from #3 above, and shop consignment to invest in some high-quality real fabric pieces to add to your wardrobe for a fraction of the cost.
So there you have it! Five easy ways to reduce your carbon footprint starting today, while still remaining fashionable.
You can thank us later.
Christy & Diane - XOXO