“Think globally, act locally,“ as the saying goes – and with the widespread pollution, inadequate waste management mechanisms and man-made industry heavily impacting the planet and climate, we all do need to do something good for Mother Nature, however small our contribution may be.
Why wait when you can start today already?
You need not have a pair of green fingers to help save the world – all it takes is just a little extra care when doing the chores, and your closet (and the rest of your home) can green up in just a few days.
Shop with Style: Eco-awareness Across a Label
When shopping for clothes and accessories, pay attention to the labels and tags listing fabric types used in production and choose green materials, such as organic cotton jeans, hemp-based accessories and bamboo clothing, jackets from reused polyester or trimmings made from recycled plastic or. Hand-me-down jewelry is also a great option for avid ecofashionistas – the right piece of vintage trinkets fished out at the local second-hand store or your granny’s jewelry box can add a unique sophisticated touch to your trouser suit and serve as an invaluable style supplement in your everyday outfit.
Clean with Care: Go Green Washer-wise
Besides shopping for all-green new garbs, there are a few things you can do to minimize your energy consumption and carbon footprint when still in your old worn-out clothes. For example, you can try and wash your clothing items in cold water instead of hot whenever possible to reduce your electricity bill and also help save some energy – God knows, we’re globally running low on it already.
Or, you can buy an environmentally friendly detergent instead of the regular one so as to diminish chemical water pollution in your neighborhood. You can also experiment with some non-toxic home-made soaps, stain removers and washing liquids such as vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, lemon juice and baking soda – these promise lots of clean clothes and no harmful chemicals that affect water, soil or living organisms. Also, remember to wash only full loads to conserve water and to avoid unnecessarily high electricity bills – and save energy too.
High and Dry: Save Some Energy, and Some Fabrics Too
Dryers sure are fun and handy when it comes to machine-washing final touches, but they are not always the one-stop solution in terms of environmental impact. When shopping for a dryer, look for energy efficient models and use reusable dryer sheets to minimize your waste footprint. Dryer sheets are also convenient for dusting and furniture polishing so you can also use them as cleaning cloths, which means you get a two-in-one deal.
One more useful energy-saving tip for drying clothes is to try and hang-dry your attire whenever you can. Leaving clothes out to dry not only saves you some monthly dough, it also extends the lifespan of your outfit too because it doesn’t expose the fabric to any additional tumble-drying stress.
With some eco-awareness and a few small adjustments in your regular laundry routine, you can help reduce chemical pollution, conserve water and economize with energy. With an environmental friendly attitude, you can also save yourself some money and extend the life your clothes too, so you won’t actually be sacrificing anything for the sake of Mother Nature – it more of a win-win situation, on all sides. What goes around, comes around – the Earth rewarded you with the gift of life, it’s time you showed some care and respect for the planet in return.