When it comes to clothing and fashion choices, it’s important to consider your environmental impact. Fortunately, with some simple changes to your shopping habits and the help of a good tailor, even the biggest fashionista can reduce their impact on the environment. Here are a few tips to get started.
3 Eco-Conscious Fashion Tips
1. Shop Second-Hand
Buying used clothing is more eco-friendly than purchasing new items. New clothing production and distribution can take a toll on the environment. More energy is expended producing synthetic fabrics than eco-conscious textiles, and byproducts enter the environment, including toxic chemicals and gases. The pollution associated with transporting new clothing from factories to retailers is also a contributing factor. Don't worry if a second-hand item doesn't fit properly; just take it to a tailor for an easy fix.
2. Repair, Don't Replace
Instead of throwing out your old clothes and shoes, repair them instead. An experienced tailor can mend almost any item of clothing. You can also dye fabrics and add embellishments to your clothes to create a whole new look. Get your shoes and boots re-soled and re-heeled to extend their life span, as well.
3. Make Smart Choices
When buying brand new items, shop smart. Look for eco-friendly clothing lines that use sustainable materials and environmentally friendly production methods. Buy local when possible from companies and designers that you know care about the Earth. When you can, spend a little more for quality products that last. And when you do shop for fast fashion (cheaper quality clothing), hand wash those items and take extra care to make sure they last longer.
Next time you need clothing alterations or repairs, head to 6 Avenue Tailor in Manhattan. This Midtown tailor offers a wide range of services from wedding gown alterations to leather repairs. With more than 30 years of experience, their knowledgeable tailors provide top-notch workmanship and custom alterations. They also offer rush and same-day services. Visit their website for more details, or call (212) 593-1925 to make an appointment.