It takes 713 gallons of water to make ONE T-shirt. That’s the same amount of water you’d need to drink in 2 ½ years. In other words, that’s a LOT OF WATER.
If you read my last blog, One T-shirt, One Pair of Jeans, then you NOW know about the fashion industry's colossal water footprint and how it’s impacting our planet. I talk about what the fashion industry could do to help reduce water waste, now I’m going to tell you what you personally can do to help reduce water waste.
We can all become part of the solution, here’s some tips on how:
Well for one, support brands that are reducing their water waste. For example, Levi’s - it used to take nearly 1200 gallons of water to make just one pair of their jeans but about 15 years ago, the company co-founded the Better Cotton Initiative to minimize it’s water footprint and reduce the need for cotton. Levi’s also started a buyback program, encouraging their customers to bring in their old jeans so they could be recycled and reused. By the end of 2020, the brand hopes to use 100% sustainable sources, including recycled cotton. So support brands that are doing the right thing for our planet.
Don’t support fast fashion and don’t let your friends shop fast fashion. That means Forever 21, H&M, Zara, and yes, even Target. We all want instant satisfaction so if we can dress in the latest styles and not pay a lot of money - it’s very very very tempting. Trust me!! It’s soooooo tempting. I’ve been super guilty. But we have to STOP and THINK about what it really means for the planet. I’ve stopped shopping at Forever 21 - cold turkey quit. I’ve been trying to save up money and buy good quality items that will last a long time. Even if I don’t want to wear them anymore, I can give them away or sell them and they’ll provide a lifetime of wear for another person.
Thrift. Buy used items. I go to Goodwill all the time. It’s one of my favorite places to thrift, not only because of the great items I get, but also because I love their mission. The money that they get is used to support people - training them and getting them back to work in good paying jobs. So it’s a threefer - I help the environment, I save money, and I help good people who just need a helping hand.
Wear items to death. Buy good quality items and wear them until literally they can’t be worn anymore. We can spend a lot of money on jeans with holes and distressed worn-looking jeans or we can actually wear our jeans until they become distressed and worn out - hey they’ll be in style, you save money and help reduce water waste.
Donate clothes you don’t want anymore. If you follow my other tips and buy quality clothing then when you are tired of the look, you can give them to friends, siblings or to a donation center so others will enjoy them.
Clothing Capsules - downsize and minimize your wardrobe and create a clothing capsule, essentials that never go out of style and that all go with each other. Make sure you have pieces that you can switch up and layer to make it look like you have different wardrobes. Dress pants, skirts, jeans, yoga pants, blouses, jackets, tanks and t-shirts. Think black blazer, jeans, a white t-shirt, maybe a scarf. That’s one outfit and if you change the t-shirt and scarf, it can look like a totally different outfit.
Don’t wash items so often. Let’s face it, sometimes things end up in the hamper because we threw it on the floor and then later it just ended up getting washed again because it’s been on the floor for weeks. When you take a piece of clothing off, after wearing it, smell it, look at it, if it smells and looks clean, hang it up and don’t wash it. Everytime you wash a piece of clothing, you are reducing the lifespan of that clothing. And it sucks to do laundry anyway, so you save yourself time too.
In general take better care of your clothes.
Hang up, items right after you wash them so you don’t have to dry or iron them. Once again heat breaks down material.
Read and follow the care instructions. It will tell you the best way to take care of the clothing in order for it to last the longest
Remove stains before you throw it in the washing machine. Matter of fact, the second you get a stain on your clothing try to soak it in cold water as soon as possible with any soap. The sooner you attack it the better. Getting the stain out before you wash it will prevent you from washing the entire piece over and over and over.
I hope you’ve gotten some useful tips.
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