It’s Time for a Wardrobe Detox

My journey towards a more eco-friendly & ethical wardrobe

The shameful past

The revelation

Photo by Colin Maynard on Unsplash

Natural fabrics — the options

Cotton field. Photo by Trisha Downing on Unsplash

Cotton

Photo by Sam Carter on Unsplash

Wool

“Ruminant livestock produce about 80 million tons of methane (CH4), accounting for about 28% of anthropomorphic emissions each year”, says a study by Caroprese M., Albenzio M., Sevi A. (2015).

Wool & silk mix

Linen fabrics. Photo by Andrew Buchanan on Unsplash

Linen

Lessons learned. And a new quest

Some experts contend that cotton is the largest user of water among all agricultural commodities”, according to WorldWildLife.

Some types of organic textile certifications: GOTS. Image via SoilAssociation.org

“Like many crops, yields (per hectare) in organic cotton farms are typically significantly lower compared to conventional methods”, Wikipedia says.

The devil is in the details

Photo by Fran Hogan on Unsplash

“In developing-world sweatshops, workers’ wages still account for as little as 0.5% of the retail cost of a garment — just 25 cents of the price of your $5 T-shirt”, says an ex sweatshop worker.

No certification on many ‘organic cotton’ clothes

Most common textile certifications: GOTS , OEKO-TEX and BCI. Logos from their websites.

Fabrics — the environmental impact

Which fibers are best and worst when you assess a cloth’s fabric? Table from made-by.org (website unavailable)

Steps for a more eco-friendly, ethical wardrobe

0. Rate your current wardrobe

1. Check the brands you’re used with

2. Find local clothing brands

3. Find local clothing brands that use eco-friendly fabrics

4. Avoid the malls

5. Always low budget? Buy second hand.

6. Buy less clothes, less often.

Conclusion

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