Sustainable fashion – 9 tips to save the climate and the environment.

Sustainable fashion

Eco clothing has long since ceased to look "eco.

Sustainable fashion sometimes struggles to shake off potato sack image. Because many people still associate eco-clothing with the hippie top and the brown walla-walla pants. The fact that eco-clothing has long since stopped looking "eco" and why it’s so important that we all get more conscious in our closet, I’m clearing up a bit about that today. Sustainable clothing starts with chlorine-free bleached jeans without plastic buttons and ends with white, fair organic cotton shirts. But let’s take it one step at a time.

Save 2.3 tons of CO2 per year with green electricity. 1.)

Pesticides: from the field to our skin.

What is actually sustainable and what is not? Let’s take a look at an ordinary cotton shirt. Cotton is very popular in the clothing industry and is not bad in itself. But what all is added to turn it into a shirt is unfortunately anything but sustainable. The use of inappropriate pesticides is already commonplace in cotton cultivation, followed by chemical-synthetic treatments in further processing. As if it weren’t bad enough that the cultivation of cotton completely depletes and contaminates the soil, the health of many people whose workplaces and living spaces are affected by pesticide exposure also suffers in the process. It is estimated that in cotton production alone, over 500 million people are exposed to their toxins.

Sustainable fashion cotton

However, this burden does not end here, it also affects the end customer. Because what do we wear on our skin? The pesticides and chemical additives don’t suddenly disappear when cotton turns into the shirt we wear on our skin every day. Even if only very sensitive people and allergy sufferers feel it: Wearing chemicals on the skin is harmful for everyone. Everything that ends up on our skin ends up in our bodies.

Sustainable fashion Synthetic fibers

The vicious circle of synthetic fibers.

Sustainability in the clothing world has so many aspects, and I’d like to touch on one more. Whereas a few decades ago everything was pure nature and plastic was unknown in the home or on clothing, nowadays plastic is found in many items of clothing: for example, hidden under the names polyacrylic, polyester, polyamide (nylon). Sweaters, cardigans, buttons, zippers, and fleece jackets are just a few examples.

When these clothes are washed in the washing machine, tiny plastic particles called microplastic particles are released into the wastewater. With every wash, hundreds of thousands of tiny fibers come out of the clothes. From wastewater the tiny particles get into sewage treatment plants and even there the tiny plastic particles can hardly be filtered out. So their journey continues into open waters and eventually into the sea, where they threaten the habitat of many animals. With sewage sludge, the tiny plastic particles can also be dumped on fields and are thus in our soils. A vicious circle of plastic emerges.

When you think about how many washing machines are running in this world and washing clothes that contain plastic, it’s quite alarming. Because all this adds up and harms the environment and thus ultimately again us humans immensely.

But what can you do today concretely to make your closet more sustainable?

Here are a few beginner tips:

Sustainable fashion Organic clothing

1. Buy organic clothing.

If pesticides are not good for us and the environment, then it is best to avoid them when buying new clothes and use certified organic clothing. Here we can be sure that no environmentally harmful toxins have been used.

Sustainable fashion materials

2. Natural materials.

Plastic-free clothing is the keyword here. In the best case, the closet consists mainly of natural textiles, this includes, for example, cotton, Tencel, linen and hemp. Did you know that hemp is one of the most sustainable raw materials? The hemp plant grows faster than average and needs very little water.

Sustainable fashion washing machine

3. Washing bag to protect the environment from microplastic particles.

Even if one is careful to buy only clothes made of natural fibers, perhaps now and then a piece with a small amount of synthetic fibers ends up in the wardrobe. That being said, there’s also the stuff you already own. To never wash these things again after wearing them, in order not to harm the environment, could lead to little joy among fellow human beings and is therefore not the ideal solution.

There are now already special washing bags in which you can fill the clothes and which, thanks to the well thought-out material, help not to release microplastic particles into the washing machine.

Sustainable fashion clothing

4. Wear clothes ready to wear.

It’s not just about making sure that the new items in your closet are organic, but also about buying less in the first place and wearing out the things you already have. Throwing away old, good clothes is also not at all sustainable.

Pimp sustainable fashion clothing

5. Pimp your clothes.

You like a part is no longer so good, but the quality is still really great? Then you might consider shortening that old-fashioned blazer and sprucing it up with a bow. Ironing a patch onto your jeans or giving your sweater a new color are just two of the endless ways you can breathe new life into your clothes. There are no limits to creativity and you can fall in love with old pieces again.

Selling sustainable fashion clothing

6. Sell and give away clothes.

It is not sustainable to throw away clothes that you don’t want to wear or that don’t fit anymore. The more sustainable option is to give the items to people who would like to wear them. You can easily sell everything you’ve sorted out on online platforms or flea markets, or give away a piece or two to friends. To donate the things, of course, is also useful.

The fact is, any item that is reused and not thrown away is sustainable because it replaces a new purchase.

Sustainable fashion clothing secondhand

7. Secondhand.

This also brings me to my next point. When was the last time you bought a secondhand item?? Meanwhile, there is actually everything online. Whether you’re looking for a faded denim jacket, a white shirt, a designer handbag, a red dotted cotton skirt or skinny jeans, they’re all out there used. Someone sells exactly the part you are looking for. In the best case, of course, you buy secondhand in a store, but online is a great thing too.

Sustainable fashion regional clothing

8. Buying regional clothing.

In Austria, for example, hemp is a regional raw material. Buying regionally processed clothing means not only buying sustainably, but also supporting the local economy and perhaps protecting traditional crafts. An article of clothing is considered regional if the steps from raw material production to sewing the textile are primarily carried out in that country.

Sustainable fashion fair clothing

9. Buying fair clothing.

Labels that produce fairly ensure that employees have a secure job and are well paid. The indication that the legal minimum wages are kept is simply not sufficient, because in many countries these defaults are either much too low, in order to be able to live from it rudimentarily, or there is simply no regulation. Where it says green on it, it does not always have to be green in it, keyword Greenwashing. Paying attention to fair clothing means that people do not work in collapsing factories, are not exposed to highly harmful fumes or are not exploited by inhumanly low pay – this also means sustainability.

We can all make the world a better place and protect both the environment and people if we go through life with greater awareness and think before we buy. This starts with sustainable organic clothing, continues with the plastic bag that is replaced by a reusable cloth bag, and ends with the washing machine that you might buy secondhand and not brand-new in a specialty store.

1.) Calculation basis:
CO2 savings through green electricity: 476 g/kWh (source: BDEW), average electricity consumption of a 4-person household: 5.009 kWh/year (source: Energy Agency.NRW)

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