Did you know that the fashion industry is responsible for 10 percent of annual global carbon emissions and 20 percent of wastewater? The solution to this, and one of the best places to start for making the transition to a more sustainable lifestyle, is your wardrobe.
We have many options outside of fast fashion. When shopping for wardrobe essentials, you probably want to re-consider the sustainability of your clothes. And what is sustainable clothing, really? One of the fabrics that we love is our sustainable Ecosy™. It’s a 100% sustainable wood sourced and bio-gradable fabric that’s so soft to your skin and friendly to the environment.
We have rounded up 5 tips on how to create a more sustainable wardrobe. These are five easy ways to make your style more sustainable:
Sustainable Clothing Fabric
The global fashion industry emits far too many greenhouse gases per year, thus an active contributor to global warming. One of the major reasons is that most of our clothes are made from fossil fuels. On the other side, sustainable brands often use materials from natural and recycled fabrics that require lesser chemicals, water, and energy to operate.
Fabrics such as organic linen, organic hemp, organic cotton & OGL Ecosy (made from sustainable wood fiber) are even biodegradable. These sustainable fabrics are more environment-friendly on the planet and are amazing sustainable alternatives. If you want to learn more about OGL’s sustainable materials, you can check out all our sustainable fabrics at our Sustainability Lab.
Do research or a little investigative work before buying. There are plenty of documentaries, podcasts, videos, and books that can enlighten you on all things sustainable fashion. At OGL, our design team loves to innovate sustainable fabrics that are also comfortable for your skin. Our latest denim collection utilizes recycled fabrics, you can check out our newest denim collection here.
Look On The Label
About 8,000 synthetic chemicals are used to dye and bleach fabric and around 20% of industrial water pollution globally comes from the dyeing process. Chemical disposal contaminates waterways and is toxic to aquatic life. Some of these chemicals may last longer than we can imagine. It poses danger to our health since our skin absorbs anything we put on, including the chemicals. Therefore, it is important to check garments if they uphold any third-party certification such as OEKO-TEX®, which is one of the world’s best-known labels for textiles tested for harmful substances.
At OGL, all of our garments have OEKO-TEX® certification. We care about quality, safety, with sustainability for our customers.
Donate Your Unwanted Clothes
Instead of throwing your unwanted clothes away, you can donate them to a good cause. When you donate clothes, you are indeed helping to divert thousands of pounds of clothes from the landfill.
Air-Dry Your Clothes
We all love dryers, and we know dryers have become more energy-saving. However, nothing beats the old-fashioned way to air dry your clothes. There are many benefits to air-drying clothes rather than using a tumble dryer. By air-drying your clothes, you can reduce 2400 pounds of your home’s carbon footprint a year.
Air drying clothes also minimizes shrinkage and wear on the fabrics. In our recent blog, we talked about how air drying your OGL denim is better for the longevity of the jeans. Your favorite clothing items will be able to ultimately last longer if you air dry them.
At OGL, we are committed to working towards a sustainable future, by using as many natural, organic, and environmentally friendly materials as possible. It’s our responsibility to reduce pressure on resources in order to restore the balance between people & planet. If there is anything we can ever do better, please do not hesitate to let us know by contacting us via firstname.lastname@example.org