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The Green Life: Green Your Wardrobe: Long-Lived Clothing

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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?

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