What makes apparel sustainable? There are many approaches and many things to consider. As a start, here are 9 steps to consider for sustainable apparel.
There are certain standards that indicate positive production methods, good practices, and better fabric choices. There are a range of certifications out there helping us consider the environment. We have put together a list of different environmental certifications for you. Take a look our Sustainability Certification Guide here!
Try to repair garments when they rip. Offer a service to your customers where you replace a broken zipper or have the garment sewn. Or make it easy for the users to do it by themselves. This way they don’t have to run off and buy new clothes right away.
Many materials or fabrics can be reused in new products even if the original product’s life is over. Reusing fabrics can be made on larger scale by companies as well as at home.
Reduce waste by change used materials into new ones. Recycling reduces the consumption of fresh raw materials, energy usage, air pollution, and water pollution.
5. Health& Safety
The environment also includes our work places and factories. We have to make sure everyone in the production chain is working in good conditions for their health and safety. We have to make sure our clothes are not made in factories that collapse or where workers have to work with toxic chemicals and dyes. We simply have to stop demanding such products!
6. Minimizing Waste
Minimizing waste is an effort to reduce the amount of waste, resources, and energy during manufacturing. A way to minimize waste can be to make products out of leftover fabrics or stop using plastic bags to wrap every single garment delivered.
Organic clothing is made from materials raised in, or grown in compliance with organic agricultural standards. The sources of the clothing’s fiber are free from herbicides, pesticides, or genetically modified seeds.
Biodegradable products mean that they can be consumed by microorganisms and returned to compounds found in nature. Clothes that are biodegradable are typically made out of natural fiber, such as pure cotton or pure wool.
All consumption strains the environment. Long-lasting quality products reduce the need to consume. They garments can be use over and over again.