Zero Waste Wardrobe will bring you into the magic world of sustainability with these 6 easy tips!
The textile industry is the second most polluting industry in the world. And is not just a matter of mass production. Many of the clothes we wear, especially those coming from fast-fashion, release toxic chemicals and micro plastics. This means they could end up polluting the Earth and us. It’s estimated that Australians discard 6,000kg of fashion and textile waste every 10 minutes. That’s just the waste in one country… That’s why we have to make a zero waste wardrobe!
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6 Tips For A Sustainable and Zero Waste Wardrobe
1. Ask yourself this question: Do I really need it?
To create a zero waste wardrobe, you have to answer this question first. We all have a lot more clothes than we actually need. It’s not a criticism or a judgement; it’s just a reality. And because of that we don’t really need new clothes. So the very first advice I can give is to use a simple, yet incredibly useful question: “Do I really need it?” If the answer is no, then simply don’t buy it.
Try to buy something just if you really have no choice, and before buying it, verify if you can find a more sustainable International.
2. Swap and borrow
The result is something amazing: No waste, no high expenses, getting to know new people, building a sustainable community and social inclusion, also a wonderful zero waste wardrobe!
They are an exquisite example of something that you might find nearby you, or that you can organize on purpose with your friends.If you see something that you really like but it’s not up for swapping, you can ask to borrow it and then return it.The same goes for when you have a special occasion or engagement, or if you’re about to do an activity that you won’t repeat often. We all have that friend who has exactly what we need, so we won’t have to buy it news.
3. Reuse and vintage markets
Vintage clothing and second-hand are definitely a cool way to make a zero waste wardrobe. If we need clothing but we do not have any choice to borrow from someone, we can consider flea markets and vintage shops.This will be a great way to make a purchase sustainable, because no extra energy and materials have been used to produce that item. In addition, vintage is so fashionable that we will not just please the environment and our wallet.
4. Choose durability for a zero waste wardrobe
What if we get to the point where swapping, borrowing, vintage shops and flea markets are unfeasible for the object we are looking for?
– Steer away from fast-fashion brands.
– Opt for durable, sustainable clothes.
Fast-fashion brands have no interest in sustainably producing clothes unless the production paradigm will change completely. Please do not be fooled by “made with recycled material” or “made with natural material” or “made with organic material” claims. Those are little pieces in the fast fashion brands mass production process. The sustainable lines will assume a concrete importance only when the percentage of sustainable production will overrun the core one.
Exactly because we want our clothes to last and we paid more for them, a good practice is to repair them when broken.Especially when an item is made of good materials, fixing it is easier and absolutely sustainable.To repair something could sound like “unconventional” because we are used to throw away products when broken. Repairing is so fun and makes your garment last for years, exactly as for the zero waste principles.
6. Buy locally
Last but not least, a great way to build a zero waste wardrobe is to shop directly in a store, possibly a local one or even better from an artisan.We are used to buying online but online shopping implies the shipment of millions of objects everyday to different destinations. This generates a huge deal of oil, hence CO2 emissions.“Why should we reduce our personal online shopping while everyday deliveries are planned to stores?” you might wonder. The difference is that it takes a lot less transportation to deliver 100 pieces to the same place, than to 100 different places.
The mission of Zero Waste Initiative is reduce the use of disposable plastic products, provide people with safe, convenient, eco-friendly, recyclable and zero waste products, trying our best to save our planet
Together we can make a difference!
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