Fast fashion and clothing is one of the largest pollution issues on this planet. If you haven’t seen the documentary “The True Cost” check it out. I am sure it will change your view on fashion and clothing forever. Over 90% of cotton used for clothing is genetically modified and the largest pesticided crop on the planet.
Cotton is considered the world’s dirtiest crop due to its heavy use of pesticides. Aldicarb, cotton’s second best-selling insecticide and most acutely poisonous to humans and wildlife, is still used in 25 countries, including the U.S., where 16 states reported it in their groundwater. The dangers are recognized by the EPA and they have signaled its phase out in 2018.- Rodale Institute
I thought I would take the time to highlight a few companies and ideas to be a little more eco friendly in the fashion department.
5 Eco Friendly ways to Shop:
- Consignment shops: They are all over the place these days. It is a fun way to shop- you never know what you are going to find!
- Patagonia: They are a big brand but, they use it for good. The company has organic cotton options and even makes some clothing out of recycled plastics. They also buy back clothing and make repairs. When you no longer want them, you can even drop Patagonia clothing off at their stores to be recycled into new garments.
- Thred up and reStitch: If consignment stores are your thing, try shopping consignment online in the comfort of your home. They have all of the latest fashions and (bonus) delivered right to your door step.
- AYAsacredwear: I found this Etsy shop and instantly fell in love. They have all kinds of organic cotton options and everything is handmade in Indonesia.
- Amour Vert: Not only is the clothing beautiful but, for every t shirt that is purchased they will plant a tree. Amour Vert uses organic cotton and sustainable fabrics.