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The Different Ways to Buy Sustainable Clothing

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Around the world, we have begun to see more companies make their operations environmentally friendly, and government legislation is also encouraging people to make significant changes in their daily routines, even if it is something as minimal as. Clothing brands and designers are also making a statement with multiple avenues used to create sustainable clothing. Ethical clothing can have multiple reasons in which it can be recognised as sustainable, and if you’re wondering how, here are some of the main origins of eco-friendly clothing.

 

Donations

This is commonly used by smaller fashion brands that don't yet have the facilities to offer a wider range of ethical practices. Brands tend to boast that they donate a percentage of their profits to their selected charity organisations that usually inspire the brand.

 

Supply Change

Big brands have the ability to completely change their supply chain structure and make it more ethical. Making their warehousing and transportation options more eco-friendly can make a dramatic change when looking at fuel and energy consumption. Ethical brands such as G-STAR Raw show their ethical choices and explain their reasoning behind it, making the brand perfect for anyone wanting to update their wardrobe.

 

Organic Materials

Growing conventional cotton and other materials is very chemical based and has negative effects on the earth’s soil, air, water and local people in the area. Growing organic cotton takes longer but in a long-term future is much better for all aspects of the environment. The chemicals used are currently are considered some of the most toxic, and this option needs to be phased out for organic options to thrive. Naturally making people aware of the benefits of organic cotton is key for designers who use it and should be your first choice when browsing for new clothes.

 

Recycling

An unconventional option but with the advancements in recycling technology means that ethical sportswear brands can use mistreated plastics and transform them into sustainable garments. Manufacturers even claim that the new materials used are actually more durable than conventional materials, which gives you little reason not to consider the modern choice that is helping to reduce plastics found in the ocean and being burnt.

 

There’s little reason not to consider a sustainable garment as your next purchase, prices can be slightly more than conventional brands, as the manufacturing process isn’t mass produced on the same scale which can cause them to seem inflated. However, the more people begin to opt-in for the sustainable choices, more the prices will decrease, and if profits are going to charities it’s always good to know that you are contributing to good causes with your general purchases.