Summer is always good news. The even better news? The beginning of summer means many months before the colder months arrive. And while you can start getting excited about all the cozy things to pick for fall and winter, there's nothing better than curating your sustainable summer wardrobe.
Did you know that clothing accounts for 3% to 6.7% of global carbon emissions? This not only comes from the production of fabrics but also from the care that follows your clothing purchases. Here are some summer wardrobe staples to swap for environmentally friendly clothing.
If you are looking for ways to be more environmentally friendly, start by ditching your polyester t-shirts and going for some environmentally friendly clothing. Polyester is non-biodegradable. This means it might take anywhere from 30 to 200 years for your t-shirt to be broken down if it ends up in a landfill. Apart from that, the fabric is derived from old. As we all know, oil is one of the significant sources of pollution. A great idea would be to swap your polyester t-shirt for a plain organic white tee. You can wear this with denim shorts, jeans, dungarees, and even underneath your strapped dresses.
We use nylon for a variety of clothing items. You can find it in swimwear, tops, stockings, and tights. The downside of using this material or purchasing clothes made using nylon is that it's made from crude oil.
To make matters worse, you won't find a single form of the material that is biodegradable. Clothes made using this material can sit in a landfill for two centuries. Unsurprisingly, the material partly comes from petroleum. This is undoubtedly on the list of dirtiest industries and forms of energy. When nylon is manufactured, it produces nitrous oxide. This is a common greenhouse gas that causes global warming. Instead of nylon tops, you can slide into a short dress. That will save you time since you won't have to look for different combinations. It's also easier to wash. A great idea would be to pick a dress made using organic cotton, linen, bamboo, hemp, or recycled materials.
Are you looking for ways to be more sustainable? You are not alone. According to the World Economic Forum, 60% of millennials say they want to purchase environmentally friendly clothing. To join these efforts, a great idea would be to look at your wardrobe and find essentials you can swap out for more sustainable clothes.