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As the growing green movement expands, the question of eco-friendly fashion is raised on a regular basis. While the desire to be as environmentally conscious as possible has perhaps become a necessity, is fashion one of those areas that is impacted? The problem centers on the concept of fashion. If it is merely fashionable to environmentally conscious in matters of clothing then, as fashion is as fleeting as tastes are capricious, then there is no real point in building a wardrobe on this basis; the same holds true for the entire concept as eco-friendly fashion can be subjected to the same whims and fancies. However, if the environmentally responsible practices regarding fabrics and manufacture are the focus, then eco-sensible clothing and accessories can be a big contributor to the movement.

Eco-friendly clothing

When buying clothing, assuming you are concerned with environmental issues, look for those items made from fabrics that are organically grown, and whose manufacturers adhere to fair trade practices. Organically grown materials – specifically fabrics from organically grown hemp, cotton, and linen – do not use toxic pesticides and are grown using sustainable agricultural methods. Fair trade practices ensure that employees work under reasonable conditions and receive fair compensation for their efforts.

In addition to the fabric itself, eco-friendly fashion also uses dyes and finishes that do not harm the environment and do not retard the breaking down of the garment once it is no longer in use. While this may result in fewer color options, the fact that the items do not burden natural resources is a fair exchange.

Other eco-friendly options

There are other options available, besides purchasing new items that meet green standards. One of the most important ways is to purchase vintage clothing. This form of recycling keeps old clothing that is still usable from taking up limited landfill space, and gives new life to still functional clothes. And, as fashion is capricious, at some point the clothing will be back in style.

Cleaning clothing

In being eco-conscious, consider how your clothes are cleaned. When doing laundry at home, use cold water cycles and line dry (when feasible). Using hot water and clothes dryers produces more carbon emissions over the life of an article of clothing, than what was produced when it was made.

Deciding to purchase eco-friendly fashion items, while a part of the going green conversation, is often dismissed as incidental and of no real value. However, by stepping back and looking at everything involved, it is easy to see how making this simple adjustment can have a tremendous positive impact.

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