Few people can boast of having an eco-friendly, sustainable and responsible wardrobe. We invite everyone to aspire to this.
Not only will it make your daily life easier, but it will also lighten your wallet and your impact on the environment. Here are 5 tips to help you do just that.
1. I dynamite my wardrobe
We all agree that most people have too many clothes in their wardrobe. So many, in fact, that it all becomes cumbersome and polluting. The first thing to do becomes obvious. Obvious? Not really! Here are a few tips to help you do just that. Plan a whole day and think of someone who might be available to do it with you for a few hours. Make sure you have cardboard boxes, bags and a pencil.
First, take out all your clothes and accessories on your bed. Everything there, taking care to gather up what's scattered around! And start a rough sorting process. We all agree that we have no choice but to have enough clothes for the seasons of our climate! So the first step in the sorting process is to make a spring/summer pile and a fall/winter pile.
Starting with the current season, we suggest you make 5 piles that you'll put directly into your boxes or bags.
Pile no. 1: I like the garment and wear it regularly.
Pile no. 2: I wear it sometimes, but I don't like it that much.
Pile no. 3: It's a garment I wear on special occasions.
Pile no. 4: I have no idea whether I like it, give it away or keep it.
Pile no 5: I wore this garment a few years ago, I never wear this garment and/or I will never wear it.
Stacks 1 and 5 are set. Battery 1 is useful and appreciated, so I'm keeping it. Battery 5 is in a box and I don't look at it anymore.
For piles 2, 3 and 4. There's a lot of work to do. Each garment or accessory will be evaluated and you'll have to decide. And that's where support can help. Having the feedback of someone close to you can help you choose and separate the feelings of belonging you have with an object you don't use. You need to question yourself about each battery. The questions to ask yourself concern the condition of the clothing, its comfort, whether it fits you well, whether the color is right for you...
Then, you make new piles: 1- I keep (possibility of having two sub-piles: to improve or to arrange) 2- I give away or I sell (and I put the items in the box or bag already provided for this purpose).
Now it's time to organize the clothes and accessories you're keeping in a way that makes sense to you: color, category... and to take the clothes you're getting rid of to a new place (thrift store, clothing depot, a family who could use them...)
2- I buy less but I buy better
For a responsible wardrobe, you need to choose clothes that are eco-responsible and ethical. Not only are they made from ecologically textiles and in acceptable working conditions, but the quality is clearly there for all to see. You'll probably pay a little more for them, but they'll last! Durable for you and for the environment.
3- I look after my clothes
Taking good care of your clothes will help them last longer.
To do this, make sure your clothes are really dirty before washing them, wash in cold water with a mild, environmentally-friendly detergent, and avoid putting them in the dryer.
Maintaining a garment also means repairing or improving it if necessary. You can do it yourself, or ask a seamstress to do it for you.
4- I make sure my clothes have a proper end-of-life
Please don't throw away your clothes!
Give them directly to someone who will really appreciate them, resell them at a thrift store or on the web, or find a recycling organization!
5- I rent for special occasions
There are now some great clothing rental initiatives for special occasions and one-offs. You'll get a dream wardrobe at a fraction of the retail price, and your rental will be totally ecological! Take a tour of the Internet to find them.