Adults or children, we all want to look and feel our best every day. What better way to do so than by wearing our favourite outfit that makes us feel confident? But have you ever stopped to think about the impact our fashion choices may have on the environment? The way we shop, do our laundry, and care for our clothes and other fashion items all affect us and our environment.
This Earth Day, we are sharing a few suggestions that will help you better care for your products and our planet at large. Here are some tips for caring for your clothes and reducing your family's climate impact while also saving money!
Shop with sustainable brands
When you do buy new clothing, try to shop with sustainable brands. Sustainable brands use eco-friendly materials, production, and packaging methods and often have ethical labour practises as well. It may be more convenient to shop with fast-fashion brands, but shopping with sustainable brands is worth it in the long run.
At Roy's Boys, we are working hard to reduce our environmental effects as much as possible. We strive to operate in the most sustainable manner possible, from the resources used to make our items to the packaging we use to ship all orders. As a brand, we are mindful and environmentally conscious.
Buy second hand
One of the best ways to reduce the environmental impact of clothing is to buy it second hand. Not only is it better for the planet, but it can also save you a lot of money. Children grow so quickly that they often outgrow their clothes before they have a chance to wear them out. Pre-loved clothing is a great way to give those clothes a new life and save them from ending up in a landfill.
Take care of your clothesProper care is essential to prolonging the life of your clothing.
- Read the care instructions on the label and follow them carefully.
- Don’t wash your clothes too often. Wash in cold water or lower the temperature when machine washing to save energy and prevent shrinkage.
- Hang dry your clothes instead of using a dryer to save even more energy. If you do need to use a dryer, try to use a low-heat setting.
- Iron and dry-clean your clothes only when necessary.
Upcycle and repurpose
If your child has outgrown a piece of clothing or it has a stain or tear, don't throw it away. Instead, try upcycling or repurposing it. You can turn a t-shirt into a tank top or use the fabric to make a new piece of clothing altogether. Get creative and have fun with it!
Rent special occasion outfits
If you only need a special occasion outfit for your child, consider renting it instead of buying it. This is especially helpful for events like weddings, where you may need a formal outfit that your child may only wear once. Renting allows you to save money and reduce waste.
Donate or Sell Your Clothes
When your child has outgrown their clothes, don't just toss them in the trash. Donate them to a local thrift store or sell them online. Not only will you be reducing waste, but you may also be able to make some money back on the clothes.
Caring for fashion doesn't have to be expensive or harmful to the environment. By shopping second hand, shopping with sustainable brands, taking care of your clothes, upcycling and repurposing, renting special occasion outfits, and donating or selling your clothes, you can reduce your family's climate impact and save money while still ensuring you and your family look their best.
This Earth Day, let's all do our part to protect our planet for future generations!