5 recommendations for dressing more sustainably
published on 07.05.21
We are increasingly aware of the importance of caring for our environment and combating climate change. This change of mentality in consumers has also increased the supply of sustainable fashion and has allowed the emergence of new brands that are presented as alternatives to fast fashion. That is why today we bring you a series of recommendations to have a more sustainable closet:
Avoid plastic fibers
Synthetic fibers in clothing contribute to much of the plastic pollution on earth. Indeed, 14% of all plastic is used to make synthetic fibers, most of which are used in clothing (Europa Press). In addition, many of these fibers are released from clothing during washing and find their way into the water.
How can we avoid this pollution?
- Add microfiber capture filters to the washing machine.
- Use a gentler washing method.
- Avoid synthetic fabrics.
All of these options are more effective in reducing microplastic pollution than trying to capture micro-plastics once they have already reached the water.
Look for jeans made from organic fabrics
According to a study, manufacturing a pair of jeans requires between 2,130 and 3,078 liters of water. This water consumption is mainly due to the water impact of cotton, from which these pants are made. Fortunately, many companies have already started to develop technologies that make it possible to manufacture more sustainable jeans, made with organic cotton, recycled water, etc. Before buying jeans, we advise you to look for information on how they are made.
Donate clothes you no longer wear
What do we do with the clothes we no longer wear? We often accumulate clothes that we no longer wear and that are left at the back of the closet. Donating these clothes is always a better idea than forgetting them in a drawer. We will have the clothes more organized and someone will reuse them.
Places to donate clothes in Barcelona:
- Flamingos Vintage Kilo
- Lullaby Vintage
- Oxfam Intermón
Another alternative is to sell the clothes we no longer wear in applications such as Wallapop or Vinted.
Buy vintage clothing
Similarly, we can also buy vintage or second-hand clothes that someone has donated. Both in physical stores and from apps.
Prioritize companies that respect human rights and are transparent.
Informing ourselves about the companies where we consume is important if we are looking for sustainable clothing. Buying from companies that promote Corporate Social Responsibility and are transparent about it is essential.
Next year, TBS in Barcelona is opening a new B3 specialization track called Doing Sustainable Business. If you are interested, find out about our Bachelor in Management if you also want to start a sustainable business.