It benefits everyone to live a more sustainable, eco-friendly, environmentally-conscious life, whether it be a seemingly small act such as recycling or taking time to learn how to compost your food scraps or purchasing and using strictly natural cleaning brands. But the efforts should exceed the kitchen — and make its way to your wardrobe, too.
Unbeknownst to many, even the clothes you choose to purchase and wear can make a huge impact on the environment (and, yes, that includes loungewear you may never (or rarely) wear outside of the house!). For instance, did you know that a typical fast-fashion dress uses 19 liters of water? That equates to 12 days of drinking water for one person… to make one dress. And that’s only one stat.
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So, how do you determine what’s considered an eco-friendly piece of clothing? For starters, shop and support brands that specifically choose and use eco-friendly materials, like “deadstock” (or surplus) fabric, recycled and organic cotton, hemp, and TENCEL, which comes from sustainably grown eucalyptus wood, to name a few; as well as water-saving dyes, and plastic-free packaging. Other factors that are so important to consider? Whether the clothing is outsourced or locally made — and if they pair fair wages and provide good