When searching for green clothing you will find various options ranging from organic cotton and bamboo fabric to those containing soy based ink. Expect to pay a premium for these eco friendly alternatives. The not so glamorous truth, however, is that the real green alternative is to get used clothes and wear them until their rags.
Where To Get Used Clothes
It’s trendy among some circles to show off your latest second hand store or garage sale sweater but as most trends, this trend may end. Environmentalists must make a concentrated effort to promote wearing used clothes and the distribution channels that get these used clothes to those who want them. Yard sales, auctions, friends, used clothing stores and e-bay are just a few options for getting cheap or free used clothes.
Do We Need More Clothes?
Green clothing is also that week-end t-shirt you’ve kept around for ten years. One more shirt kept out of the landfill is one less shirt being made, and one less child worker being exploited for 10 cents an hour. My guess that is if humans did not throw out clothes, unless they were unwearable we would not even have to make any more clothes for decades. So before you spend $200 on the organic cotton sweatshirt think about how that black sweatshirt that no longer fits your brother is greener than any organic clothing item made for the market.
If we are to save our planet and increase our quality of life de-consumption is the only way out. This can start with recognizing that clothes don’t make the person, and after all, many used clothes are as good as new.