A sustainable shift now can do a lot to the environment. We shouldn’t be needing a new pandemic to realise our moral duties towards nature.
Here are some of the key points that you can apply in your daily routine from taking a nap to even visiting a friend, which could help you and your future generations to have a life without a warning of global warming.
1. Go for minimalist fashion : Minimalism is all about cutting back unnecessary consumptions and going for options that you truly love and enjoy wearing. It encourages you to reduce your consumption and shift to slow fashion. You can watch this amazing movie called Minimalism on your favourite OTT platforms too which remarkably talks about how virtues of less is more.
2. Rewear/ Resell /Rent /Donate your clothes : There are more than a million of population that die without having a sufficient clothing to warm themselves in chilled winter. The most you can do is help those people. Become a human in this ‘being ignorant human’ world. Resell your old clothing to them. Or re-wear them, now even celebrities have started crafting their old clothes into a gigantic fashion trend.
3. Upcycle clothing/ Repair : With a pair of scissors and a needle and thread, you can breathe new life into an old outfit. You'll divert waste from landfills and minimise greenhouse gas emissions, which is good for the environment.
4. Switch to eco-friendly options : There are many eco friendly options like recycled organic fabric clothes. Sourcing new fabrics requires a lot of effort and are less sustainable than going for recycled fabrics.
5. Go for Recycled Plastic clothes instead of virgin plastic : Estimates show that recycled polyester could reduce emissions by up to 32% and more compared to virgin polyester. To know why you should go for recycled plastic read here.
6. Follow washing Guidelines : You will be surprised to know what sunlight can do to your lifestyle, simply keeping your clothes under sunlight will suck all the smell from your clothes and will also kill bacterias. Washing your clothes more frequently makes their life shorter by releasing microfibers and makes it difficult for you to maintain them.
What could help you is knowing the texture of the garment and washing them accordingly so as to minimise the washing. This also includes the washing time of your clothes. Keep it less for less dirty clothes.
Remember- You don’t have to be ‘Dhote jao dhote jao…Dho’ Even there’s a solution you have for washing your hands too in 1 min.
7. Green your laundry : Laundry accounts for 60 to 80 percent of the entire environmental effect of a garment. Lowering the washing temperature, washing full loads, not tumble-drying, and using eco-friendly fibres will help.
8. Shop locally : You'll reduce carbon emissions, which is a good thing for the environment. Plus, you'll be helping the local economy. Be more vocal about the local.
9. Support sustainable brands : Put your money in green brands, towards businesses that care about people and the environment. That way you'll be directing business away from polluting.
10. Use earth-friendly detergents : Use a washing detergent free of petrochemicals (petroleum-derived). You'll help to reduce contaminants in our water and environment, as well as your carbon impact. (source do and more stats)
11. Think twice about dry-cleaning : If you need to have your clothes dry-cleaned, choose a dry cleaner that employs eco-friendly cleaning products and bring your own reusable bag to return your hangers. You'll help to keep pollutants out of our environment and prevent plastic pollution.
12. Drip dry : Hang clothes to dry outdoors on a clothing line or a drying rack (Bonus: there’s less wear-and-tear on your clothing and helps you maintain that favourite dress.)
13. Read the label : Checking the fabrics is one of the best methods to verify that your purchase will be good for both your money and the environment in the long run. The most environmentally friendly alternative is to choose natural, biodegradable fabrics. Organic cotton, tencel, linen, recycled polyester, and recycled nylon are all good choices. Polyester, nylon, spandex, and acrylic should all be avoided.
All in all, We don’t have to wait for a new political party or a celebrity to influence us to keep up with a sustainable lifestyle. Change starts from within. And we are the leaders of change. Even Mahatma Gandhi could not have said it better-
‘Be the change you want to see in the world’
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