The textile industry is frequently labelled as one of the most polluting industries in the world (which is true), but did you know that the habits of consumers, such as frequently updating their wardrobes, is the biggest culprit for wasted materials?
Here we have listed our top tips for a more sustainable wardrobe that we hope will inspire you.
CHOOSE CAREFULLYSelect clothes that will last a long time. If in doubt, as yourself these questions:
• Will you wear it regularly?
• Does it have a timelessly classic design, or will it go out of style soon?
• Is it of a durable quality?
WASH THOUGHTFULLYThese tips are more relevant for woollen garments, but they also apply to the rest of your wardrobe.
• Wash your clothes less frequently and put it out to air instead.
• Lower the temperature when machine washing.
• Air dry your clothes rather than machine dry them .
REVIVEEven when you buy good quality clothing, it rarely lasts forever, but you can do a lot to help it last.
• Darn any tiny holes with a needle and thread and fix larger holes with a nice patch.
• Pass on the clothing you no longer use. Whilst there may not be a huge demand for your old underwear, things like baby clothes rarely wear out before the baby grows out of it.
• If the clothing cannot be reused, repurpose it. For example, turn old t-shirts into tote bags for shopping, a stuffed toy, or anything else you can think up. You can find lots of inspiration and other creative ideas online.
We also try to recycle our cut offs at DILLING, because even though we do our best, it is impossible to completely avoid waste in the production process. But as they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure therefore the cut offs we can’t use ourselves are sold to another company that makes them into recycled yarn. That way nothing goes to waste.