How To Reduce Your Fashion Footprint
There are a lot of us in this world who are concerned with going green and reducing our carbon footprint. There are ways that you could be contributing to the detriment of the planet without even realizing it. If you're like most of the people in the world when a fashion trend comes out you want to try it. Suddenly everyone has a particular bag or a new kind of shoe, and you want it to. It's essential to research the product and see what kind of impact owning it or discarding it will have on the environment. These are the ways you can reduce your fashion footprint.
How Does Clothing Harm the Planet?
Many people are not aware that it takes months or years for clothing items to decompose in landfills. According to Kiwi Energy, it can take a pair of leather shoes and Nylon up to 40 years to decompose. If everyone throws their leather shoes in a landfill and they sit there for years, that can add up. According to the Huffington Post, the UK looked at how clothing impacted the environment, particularly wool and cotton industries. These industries used pesticides which can damage the environment, and the local ecology. Some companies produce non-natural clothing material made from petrochemicals, and this practice releases harmful gases into the environment as well. And this isn’t just in the United Kingdom, but it is everywhere that these petrochemicals are being utilized.
How Can You Do Your Part?
There are ways you can do your part to make sure you're dressed in sustainable fashion, fashion that will last for some time (so classic, well-made pieces), and fashion that is made with a cause in mind. Some suggestions include buying handcrafted jewelry because they don't produce the toxins large jewelry manufacturers do. There are also companies that pride themselves on being eco-friendly. With a little research, you can find them and still look chic while reducing your footprint. In fact, you can start a trend with your eco-fashion and spread the word to others who want to look as good as you do.
According to Eco Cult, there are several sustainable fashion companies for men as well. Guys don’t have to be left out of doing their part for the environment. These companies include Levi's, Alternative Apparel, G-Star and PACT to name a few. They focus on sustainable manufacturing processes to reduce their impact.
In conclusion, the changes you make don't have to be huge. Reducing your fashion footprint could also be as simple as shopping at thrift stores and going for vintage pieces. Recycling clothes your grandparents and parents wore can be another great way to dress greener. Every small thing you do combines with others who are doing the same to become significant.