Quantcast

Sierra Magazine: Explore, enjoy and protect the planet.
The Green Life: Green Your Wardrobe: Long-Lived Clothing

« Daily Roundup: March 17, 2009 | Main | The Ocean: The Best of Times, The Worst of Times »

March 18, 2009

Green Your Wardrobe: Long-Lived Clothing

Take care of your clothes There’s nothing more in style right now than flaunting that you’re good to the earth. Freshening up your wardrobe for spring? This week’s green fashion tips will help you keep up with what’s hip.

Tip #3: Care for What You’ve Got

A great way to conserve resources is to preserve the clothing you already own. Wash like colors together in cold water to prevent bleeding and fading. Sew up holes and tears. If you’ve gotten too big or small for an item, have it taken out or in.

Worried that someone will notice that you’ve worn the same thing multiple times? Remind yourself that their new duds not only cost them money but also cost the earth: One cotton polo shirt travels more than 14,000 miles, causes 27 pounds of carbon emissions, expends 33 kilowatt hours of energy, and produces its weight in waste. That’s pretty shabby, no matter how spiffy it may look.

If you have to buy new apparel, evaluate for durability and consider paying more for pieces that’ll take longer to land in the landfill. Buy classic styles, not trendy ones, to ensure timelessness.

Please share: What are your tricks and tips to make clothes last longer?

TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d83451b96069e2011168fecba8970c

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Green Your Wardrobe: Long-Lived Clothing:

User comments or postings reflect the opinions of the responsible contributor only, and do not reflect the viewpoint of the Sierra Club. The Sierra Club does not endorse or guarantee the accuracy of any posting. The Sierra Club accepts no obligation to review every posting, but reserves the right (but not the obligation) to delete postings that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate.

Up to Top


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...