‘Tis the season for people across the globe to take a long, hard look at their wardrobe and have a good old clear out. While it’s always a good idea to devote a few hours or even a whole day to rifle through your hangers and drawers for the sake of decluttering, your tidying mission will also mix perfectly with a brand new mission to become more sustainable. With fast fashion getting the boot and making way for slower, more conscious fashion, now is the time to make some choices and really embrace your life as an eco-friendly fashion warrior. This is how you can declutter your wardrobe and make it more sustainable at the same time.
Stay away from the landfill
With fashion trends chopping and changing all the time, it’s not hard to understand why there are some clothes in your wardrobe that you haven’t worn for years. However, now is not the time to be throwing them in the bin. According to the World Wear Project, humans across the globe throw away a whopping 70 pounds of unwanted clothes every single year – and 85% of this will end up in a landfill!
Synthetic textiles can often take up to 200 years to decompose, which means that they take up valuable space and often allow harmful toxins and ingredients to contaminate the earth. Instead of throwing away this old clothing when you declutter your wardrobe, opt to give them a new life by customising them yourself, organise a clothes swap with your friends, or simply donate them to charity. It’s as easy as that.
Create a capsule wardrobe
When you look in your wardrobe, it’s probably full of items that you wore-that-one-time and ones that you’re saving-for-a-rainy-day-and-a-new-pair-of-shoes. Don’t worry; we’ve all been there. While it’s always fun to look upon a full wardrobe that’s chock-a-block with all kinds of clothes that you can mix and match, the likelihood is that you only really wear the same few items of clothing as you go about your daily life.
Because of this, it should be fairly easy for you to adopt a sustainable wardrobe. To do this, you need to focus on the fact that your closet should be about quality and not quantity. If you only really wear jeans and a T-shirt, make sure that these are the only items in your wardrobe – with a few extra items that you can put together for special occasions, of course. By focusing on the pieces that you wear, you can stay away from clutter and create a sustainable capsule wardrobe. Follow some inspirational sustainable fashion blogs to learn a bit more about which brands are the best for your new capsule wardrobe.
Choose your fabrics wisely
According to the Ethical Consumer, around 63% of the fabrics used on the high street are synthetics derived from oil, and you probably don’t need us to tell you that these are not sustainable at all. From the microfibers that can be found in the ocean to the carbon footprint of the production process, these fabrics all make their mark on the world. If you are looking to remove these unsustainable fabrics from your wardrobe and focus on something that is much better for the environment, you really do have to choose your fabrics wisely.
Thankfully, it’s not difficult at all! Because the tides are changing and more people are opening their eyes to the damage of the fashion industry on the world, more and more high street stores and independent retailers are offering Fairtrade and organic fabrics for their clothing. This includes recycled cotton, organic hemp, organic linen, and even bamboo. If you become more selective with your fabrics, you may even find that you are buying less. In turn, this allows you to create a capsule wardrobe and reduce the amount that you throw away! It’s the circle of life.
Taking time to declutter your wardrobe and making a move to sustainability isn’t a difficult task. It’s super easy to do, and it won’t even take up a huge amount of your time – so why wait? In doing this, you can give yourself a whole new wardrobe while reducing your impact on this wonderful world at the same time.