There are many things that we can do to minimise the negative impact of our modern lifestyles on the environment; we all know about the importance of conserving energy, water and other resources. But did you know there is a way we can help the environment through our wardrobe choices? Victoria Penney and Karin Sjosten, of clothes swapping website iSwish tell us how we can ‘winterize’ our wardrobes the sustainable way. So we get to shop and help the environment – now that’s what we call guilt-free!
1. Buy Merino
Merino is a sustainable resource. Each year a new fleece grows and can be removed without any harm to the animal. It is a natural fibre that uses few harmful chemicals during production and can be processed with minimal impact on the environment.
2. Wear Organic Cotton
Organic practices during production, manufacturing and use of cotton (such as biological practices using composted manures and cover crops rather than synthetic fertilisers) have less impact on our environment.
Untouched World Puahiri Jacket. 100% Organic Ripstop Cotton
Re-using or re-manufacturing products so they can be turned into something new. This helps to save energy, conserve material, reduce landfill and helps our environment.
Mikki Summers pleated skirt made from recycled kimono. Available from iSwish.
‘Upcycling’ is where disposable or discarded items are repurposed to make them valuable, useful or aesthetically pleasing. It benefits the environment by promoting reuse over discarding whenever possible.
WAS bag – upcycled from billboards to make durable unique eco friendly bags.