You already know that shopping secondhand does tremendous good for the environment. Choosing secondhand means that less resources are used and wasted to make new clothes, keeps clothing out of landfills, and reduces the amount of pollution caused by manufacturing.
But did you know that how you care for your clothing can also affect your environmental footprint?
Here are a few tips to Green Your Closet:
Hang It Out To Dry
The dryer takes a TON of energy to heat up. Hang drying is a simple alternative that saves energy and protects clothing from getting damaged or shrinking in the wash. If you do have to dry your clothes in a machine, consider purchasing dryer balls to throw in your load. They keep your clothes from clumping together and help clothes dry faster.
Use Green Laundry Detergent
Conventional detergents use ingredients such as phosphates, that aren’t good for you or the environment. Look for more eco-friendly detergents that indicate that the product is biodegradable and phosphate free. Switching to concentrated detergent reduces packaging. Fun fact, vinegar can be used as a natural fabric softener because it balances the PH levels of soap!
Think twice about dry-cleaning.
Dry cleaning is a very un-green process that uses chemicals that are bad for our health and the environment. However, it's true that many fancier equestrian clothes such at hunt coats require dry cleaning. If it is absolutely necessary to dry-clean, do your research to find a dry cleaner that uses environmentally friendly cleaning solutions and use your own reusable bag.
Wash in Cold Water
Remarkably, 99 percent of energy used for washing clothes goes to just heating up the water. Opting for cold water washes will save both energy and money. Don’t worry, with specialized cold-water detergents, your clothes will still come out of the wash just as clean as they would with hot water.
How you care for your clothes matters. Keep these ideas in mind for an easy way you can make a difference for our planet!