But what about the things we do keep?
Below I list 4 ways we can sustain the love for our clothes and to reinstate the value they once had. It takes time to acquire awareness in terms of how we consume and to be honest, we weren’t really taught how to maintain.
Ask the question: Where do clothes come from & why are they priced as such?
Grow the plants
Twist into yarn
Weave into fabric
Dye and apply finishes
Draft the pattern
Cut the pattern
Fit the sample
Market and merchandise
Sell to customer
where, who, and how the garment is made.
Maintanence (How To)
- Read the clothing labels before washing
The language of labels can play a significant roll for longevity
- Sort your clothes
Blacks, whites, pastels, and blues
- Wash inside out to prevent wear and tear
- Wash only when needed
Save water and detergent and make your clothes last longer.
Also washing with cold water is gentler on fabric “switching from hot water to cold or warm every four or five loads can save 864 pounds of CO2 per year². That’s the same as driving 1,000 miles!”
- Use spot cleaner
Or a DIY concoction of vinegar and baking soda. The longer you leave any stain the harder it is to remove.
- Use vinegar in place of natural bleach
- Don’t overload the washing machine
- Skip the dryer or use low heat
“Normal tumble dryers emit 40 million tons of CO2e in the US each year”
If you aren’t interested in learning how to mend your clothes, you can go to your local seamstress or tailor to help you fix your worn in items.
I recently just hosted a clothing swap and it was a huge success.