The fashion and textile industry is really very complicated. While many of us may not think about the impact clothing that we choose to wear each day can create on the environment, they do have a complex lifecycle, carbon footprint, and human impact before they even reach out to homes.
While the lifecycle of every garment is different, on average one can assume that most garments are grown or engineered, watered, harvested, mechanically processed, shipped, mechanically processed again, shipped again, dyed, sewn, and shipped some more. From start to finish our clothes may have traveled around the world and back.
The thing is, that impact that our clothing has on the environment and the lives of laborers involved in the garment industry is quite big, so it makes essential that we take the lifecycle of our clothing into account, and become better educated in what makes an eco-friendly and sustainable garment.
In addition, if you try to make a sustainable choice you should use this reversed pyramid:
1) if possible use already existing products (reuse, remake older clothes, shop second hands). Bus sometimes you just want to treat yourself or your little ones with something brand new, beautiful, and special. And there is nothing bad about it! Then you just should think about the fiber and how this garment was produced.
2) So the second thing is to choose natural fibers, that require easy care and are high quality (because easy care and high quality/ durability also mean less impact).
3) Check is the fiber and the garment itself is fairly made.
4) It is always a great idea to choose local products or brands that use locally produced fabrics because that reduces carbon footprint.
But to begin with, let's just take a look at some of the friendly and sustainable fabrics that we should be on the lookout for when purchasing a new garment. Once you become more aware of what your clothing is being made from (just like your food) it will become second nature to choose, look for, and demand better quality