You’re making great strides towards greening your lifestyle: you have a clean energy plan, make your own compost and even drive an EV. Next up on your sustainability journey — greening your wardrobe and home. From the living room to your closet, we’ve got five sustainable fabrics to consider when giving your home and wardrobe a subtle, ecofriendly update.
But before we jump right in, we’ll preface this by saying, there’s no such thing as a 100% sustainable fabric. However, some are greener than others. So there’s no need to rid yourself of everything, take baby steps. A good start might be to replace worn pieces with eco-friendlier options. Keep in mind that sustainable fabrics are biodegradable, contain natural fibers, require little to no pesticides, and are machine washable.
As a rule of thumb, fabrics that need to be dry cleaned or that are chemically treated are not sustainable. You’ll soon discover that all cotton isn’t created equal either.
Clothing is responsible for 3-6% of human produced carbon-emissions, according to ecostylist.com. This includes fabric production and doing laundry. Read our blog There’s an Eco-Friendlier Way to Do Your Laundry for tips on washing. Remember, the best sustainable fabrics are pesticide free, focus on recycling and reduce water waste. When you choose sustainable fabrics, you’re minimizing the overall damage caused to the environment. So, the next time your home or closet needs an update, consider shopping for eco-friendly clothes or sustainable furniture and you’ll be doing yourself and the planet a favor.
Wondering what to do with the preloved items you’re replacing for eco-friendlier options? Consider donating to a local nonprofit like the Houston Furniture Bank, a grant recipient of our nonprofit Sun Club®, that accepts gently used furniture and offers both pick-ups and drop-off services. Outside of the Houston area? Goodwill, The Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity, all offer pick-up and drop-off services as well. Be sure to check each organization’s donation guidelines to ensure eligibility.
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