On average, Americans create around 17 million tons of textile waste each year. Of that textile waste, only 14.7% is recycled. The rest ends up in landfills.
Because textile waste is such a huge problem in America, what can you do to help prevent it? One of the best things you can do to cut back on waste is to only buy sustainable clothing.
Keep reading to learn more about why you should make sustainable purchases.
One of the best things about sustainable clothes is that they are better for the environment. It takes around 2700 liters of water to make one cotton t-shirt! Not only does growing cotton requires a ton of water, but the manufacturing process also ruins freshwater.
Sustainable clothing uses natural or recycled material to make clothing, using less water. Most sustainable clothing is made using linen, hemp, organic cotton, or knit. Learn more about sustainable knitwear and sustainable sweaters.
In addition to saving water, sustainable clothing reduces the carbon footprint. Traditional clothing piles up in landfills, uses petroleum-based materials and requires lots of energy to produce.
Sustainable clothes use recycled materials, no petroleum-based materials, less water, and don’t need as much energy.
When you buy sustainable clothing, you are buying higher-quality clothing. Many “fast-fashion” clothing brands create cheap clothing that won’t last more than a few washes. That is a waste of material and money.
With sustainable clothing, your clothes should look good for years. Not only will they be more durable, but they also will be more comfortable.
Another benefit to sustainable shopping is that it allows you to save money. Even though one piece of sustainable clothing is more expensive than cheaply made clothing, it will last you much longer.
For example, it is cheaper to buy one good shirt than it is to buy 10 shirts that only last a month.
If you are still worried about the cost of buying sustainable clothing, look at your local thrift store or online marketplaces to find used clothing. Not only is this better for your wallet, but it’s also better for the environment because the clothing is being recycled.
Support Fair Working Conditions
Unfortunately, many clothing brands use cheap labor to make their clothing. This allows them to produce more clothes and keep their prices down. Many of the people working in these factories don’t have fair pay, they work in unsafe conditions, and they work too much.
By buying sustainable clothing, you support fair working conditions. Choose a brand that labels their clothing as “fair trade” clothing.
Are You Ready to Switch to Sustainable Clothing?
Are you thinking about switching to sustainable clothing? Sustainable clothing is better for the environment, is of higher quality, saves you money, and supports fair working conditions. It is a better choice if you care about having good clothes and helping the environment.
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