One way that you can reduce waste is to reduce what you buy and consume in general. When it comes to clothing, making sure that it lasts a long time will help you avoid the need to buy more. Read on for a few tips on how you can effectively get the most life out of your wardrobe.
1. Choose quality over quantity. Well-made clothing might cost a little more at first, but it lasts a whole lot longer than cheap, poorly made clothing. Look beyond the price tag to properly judge quality; look for reinforced seams, well-sewn hems, and fabric quality.
2. Stick to colors that look great on you. Keeping all of your clothing in the same color family means being able to wash them together without any worries about color crossing. Less separating equals less loads and less water being wasted, as well!
3. Wash your clothes less often. Simply washing your clothes less often can help them last longer. While you definitely want to wash certain items after each wearing, some things just don’t need to be cleaned every time you use them. Jeans, sweaters, and jackets, for example, can usually be worn a few times before needing to be cleaned.
4. Line dry your clothes as often as you can. Laying your clothes out flat to dry or hanging them on a clothes line is less hard on them than tossing them in the dryer. Air dry your clothes whenever you can.
5. Repair rips and holes. Don’t assume a piece is ruined the moment you get a tear or lose a button! Learn some basic clothing repair skills to get the most out of each item.
6. Wash by weight and fabric type. Washing heavy items and lighter clothing pieces together is really hard on the lighter pieces – the heavier clothes literally “beat up” the smaller ones in the wash! Try to wash all of you heavy clothing – jeans, blankets and jackets – together, while keeping lighter items like undergarments and tops separate.
7. Zip up before washing. Keeping the zippers on jackets and jeans up in the wash reduces the frequency of them rubbing against other items and causing damage.
8. Store your clothes properly. Be sure to store each piece in a way that minimizes damage. For example, sweaters can get stretched out as they hang in the closet – fold them neatly and store them in your dresser, instead.
9. Wash in cold water. Cold water doesn’t damage fabric fibers the way hot water does. Plus, using cold water also uses less energy than hot!
10. Wear an apron. Covering your clothing while cooking or doing other messy projects reduces stains.