6 Ways To A More Eco-Friendly Wardrobe

Let’s all take the green path, shall we?

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When it comes to environmentally-conscious living, there’s something you may be overlooking – your closet! Here are some no-stress ways to curating a more eco-friendly wardrobe.

1. Second-hand love

Gone are the days when buying used goods was just for hipsters (and Macklemore). Besides getting designer goods without the hefty price tags, you may also be lucky enough to score one-of-a-kind vintage pieces. From pre-loved luxury boutiques to the neighbourhood thrift stores, add unique items into your closet without having to worry about a landfill explosion or bumping into someone with the same outfit on the streets!

2. Wardrobe Wars

Here’s something most (if not, all!) women struggle with – clearing out the closet. Besides giving you more space, it also lets you organise your pieces and discard unwanted items. To get rid of your clothes and accessories responsibly, consider selling them on platforms like E-bay or Carousell that help you find new homes for your pre-loved items. Otherwise, why not donate to someone in need? Gifting items to charity is a good form of recycling and reduces fashion’s carbon footprint. Talk about a win-win situation!

3. Remodelling 101

Believe it or not, the ‘greenest’ items are those you already have sitting in your closet as they don’t require any additional resources, transport or production. Think of new ways to wear your favourites as well as seldom-worn pieces. Whether it’s experimenting with unique pairings or layering them to achieve trendy combinations, you’d be surprised by the cool looks achieved simply by upcycling your old wardrobe. Creativity is the key!

4. Wash with care

Yes, you can be eco-friendly with your laundry routine. Good practices include washing your garments at a lower temperature, thus using less energy to heat water, and hand-washing if you only have a few items, thereby saving on both water and electricity. Green cleaning agents such as phosphate-free detergents and chlorine-free bleaches do the job well minus the harsh chemicals that harm the environment. Letting your garments hang-dry whenever possible instead of using a dryer also helps make your weekly washing more energy-efficient.

5. Fabric knowledge

When shopping for clothes, always keep an eye out for fabric labels. As it takes a significant amount of energy to create synthetic fabrics, going for earth-friendly materials is a better (and more important!) alternative – they are naturally cultivated, less polluting and more energy-efficient. Not only do organic materials such as silk, tencil and wool not require the chemicals needed to grow natural fibres, they are also free from pesticides and herbicides. When in doubt, check the tag that highlights the garment’s eco-conscious features. Remember, the type of fabric you choose will have a huge impact on the planet, so a little research goes a long way.

6. Quality vs quantity

Being an eco-conscious shopper is not just about seeking out sustainable items, it’s also about reducing the number of things you purchase. Being a trend victim or buying flimsy clothing that falls apart after a few wears will not only clutter your wardrobe but also have minimal value once the style is dated. The solution? Start investing in quality pieces. Choose timeless items: wardrobe essentials that look good on you and can be worn five years down the line. Although it may mean splurging on designers and brands you feel good about, it actually gives you plenty of bang for the buck in the long run.

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