Why sustainable clothing is important 

The clothing you wear is killing the environment.


These local thrift shops are places to help save the environment.

Lelana Brinkworth, Reporter

Animals, wildlife and the environment are being harmed daily from the places you shop. Everyday clothing is hurting the environment whether you know it or not. Sustainable clothing has become a new and popular way to save the environment. 

More sustainable fashion can be defined as clothing, shoes and accessories that are manufactured, marketed and used in the most sustainable manner possible. It takes into account both environmental and socio-economic aspects. Wearing specific sustainable brands or recycling clothing is a popular and easy way to help the environment. 

Fast fashion has become a large problem for the environment. Fast Fashion consists of companies that produce clothing for catwalks and quickly produce them in giant amounts. This is becoming a large problem for the environment. The largest problem is the waste fast fashion produces. The clothing produces an excess amount of dye and chemicals that seep into the ground killing the environment. The large amounts of clothing produced end up producing much more pollution in the world. 

People should begin focusing on the environment and their carbon footprint rather than how they appear to others. As important as dressing a certain way can be, in the long run, a person’s impact on the environment can be life changing. 

Sustainable clothing consists of companies that are aware of the way they manufacture clothes. Reformation is a popular clothing company that is known for their sustainable clothing company. Their slogan is “Being naked is the #1 most sustainable option. We’re #2.” Taking part and buying from a sustainable clothing company is a great way to leave a good imprint on the environment. 

Another popular way to save the environment through clothing can be thrifting. Thrifting has become a large way for used clothing to appeal to the public. Thrift shops are local stores that sell used clothing for cheaper amounts of money. Recycling clothing is a way for companies to produce less clothing because people are purchasing used articles of clothing. Purchasing used clothing allows for companies to produce less product and help end the pollution created by the dyes or chemicals in the products. 

We need to take responsibility for our actions and daily choices. Spending less money, buying less clothes and investing in longer lasting pieces can all be ways to help the environment. Consumers need to be aware of the items they are buying and the long lasting effects they have on others.  

Many people find difficulty in sustainable clothing. Sustainable clothing can be a lot of work to find and people do not have enough time to shop at separate clothing stores which makes shopping inconvenient. Fast fashion has many more options and is typically affordable however the environment should be a deciding factor in what you buy. 

Rather than spending money on clothing that can harm the world, be aware of what is going on in the production and consider ways to save the world. As consumers, it is our duty to remember the impact of a purchase. Work towards new ways to save the world and work towards new ways to help the fashion industry go green.