The textile industry is often blamed for being one of the most polluting industries in the world. And that is true. But did you know that the habits many consumers have with things like frequently changing their wardrobe is actually the biggest culprit when it comes to wasted materials?
Here, we have collected our best tips for a more sustainable wardrobe, and we hope they will be an inspiration.
CHOOSE CAREFULLYGo for clothes you can enjoy for a long time. If in doubt, ask yourself these questions:
• Will you need it regularly?
• Is the design classic, or will it go out of style soon?
• Is the quality durable?
WASH THOUGHTFULLYThese tips are obviously for woolen garments, but they are also useful for the rest of your wardrobe.
• Wash the clothing less frequently and air it out instead.
• Turn down the temperature when machine washing.
• Use the clothesline, not the dryer.
REVIVEEven when buying good quality clothing, it rarely lasts forever. But you can do a lot to help it along.
• Darn tiny holes with needle and thread. Fix larger holes with a nice patch.
• Pass on the clothing if you no longer use it. There may not be a huge demand for your old underwear, but things like baby clothes are rarely worn out before the kids grow out of it.
• If the clothing is no longer usable, repurpose it. For instance, turn old T-shirts into a new shopping bag, a stuffed toy, or whatever else you can come up with. You can find lots of inspiration and creative ideas online.
We also try to repurpose our remnants at DILLING. Because even though we try hard, unfortunately waste in the production is not altogether avoidable. But as they say: one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. The wool remnants we can’t use ourselves are sold to another company that use them to make recycled yarn. That way nothing goes to waste.