The first and easiest thing is don’t buy too many clothes! Think about how often you will wear a new piece of clothing. If you don’t think you will wear it a least 30 times, don’t purchase it.
Look after the clothes you already have. Hang them up at the end of the day. Wear them until they wear out, don’t forget them in the back of your closet. And dial down the temperature on the washing machine to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect colours from running. Washing at a lower temperature also means less wear of the material.
Regularly go through your wardrobe to see what you really need and give any clothes you don’t wear a second lease of life by selling them or donating to charity.
Patch up and repair your clothing. Personalise an old garment or repurpose it into something else. Accessorise! Learn to make your own clothes to really show off your own unique style.
Swap unused clothes with friends and family or organise an event at your school, college or workplace. Exchange clothing with like-minded people. Clothes swapping apps can be found online.
You don’t need to splash out on new clothes for school ceremonies, weddings or other special events. Simply rent something spectacular from an online clothes rental service.
If you do need to buy something new, invest in the best quality with a timeless ‘classic look’. Make sure it will last and remain in style longer than cheaper fast fashion styles. This way, you save money and create less waste in the long run.
When buying second-hand try and find vintage clothes. They not only look cool and stylish they are also better quality with details you can’t find on today's garments. They were made to last and be passed on, not to fall apart. Vintage has history and tells a story, which you can be part of.
Check out online auctions for ‘deadstock’ clothing that was never sold due to small defects or over supply. Similarly, end-of-line clothing can be found advertised online or in charity shops.
If you shop online, only order garments you aim to keep. Items you return may not be sold again but instead incinerated to avoid paying handling costs.
Check with companies where and how their garments are made. The more people ask questions the more clothing brands will begin applying sustainable solutions across the supply chain.
Buying clothes made from organic cotton – cotton grown in a sustainable way that uses fewer chemical fertilisers, pesticides and water to reduce its environmental impact.