Today, we see that talking about fashion from the conservationist desire of the environment, social responsibility and sustainable living, is not at all frivolous, it is, on the contrary, to understand that today's society wants and seeks major changes that improve and realign unhealthy lifestyles and unfriendly to the planet.
Today we come to tell you what sustainable fashion is and how it can be part of your philosophy of life. If you are concerned about the excessive pollution caused by the indiscriminate use of toxic products that deteriorate the environment, or the impact on the ecosystem that can have the slaughter of animals to obtain their skins and use them in new clothing, believe us, this article will interest you.
Slow-fashion, what is it?
Sustainable fashion arises from the need to design and use clothing that does not have a negative impact on the environment.
That is, it is to make an efficient and conscious acquisition of garments that are not created from animal skins or with an excessive use of plastic microfibers in the fabrics, to mention a few cases. As a sample of the above, we have that the big fashion houses, in search of solutions to this issue and cornered by a pandemic, have had to resort to reuse materials and designs from old seasons in order to create new garments.
In addition to this, it should be noted that the World Organization of the United Nations signed an agreement with a number of fashion brands to design and produce 100% sustainable garments at least by 2050.
As you can see, rather than reusing or seeking to recycle their designs and materials, the different clothing brands should rather think about making their creations sustainable over time without harming the ecosystem or the environment. In other words, pollution should be avoided with the production of clothing pieces.
Now, if your "conservationist self" is present in this pandemic season, we will tell you what to do and what type of garment to choose.
Going fashionable, with sustainable clothing
Fashion is changeable and the massive consumption of a style and brand generates that fashion is very fast and nothing of what you had acquired serves you at the end of the week, month or year. Therefore, the so-called slow fashion or slow-fashion is a sustainable way, since you acquire basic clothes (timeless) in colors and designs in order to spend a long time with those pieces.
It is also worth mentioning that many well-known brands produce their garments in different parts of third world countries where they exploit their workers who receive low pay and a space where they work in a very precarious way. This consumption is not responsible and we should reject or avoid consuming from those fashion brands that support or benefit from this situation.
Fashion and plastic
Synthetic textiles as they produce very small fibers from wear and tear, which are part of the pollutants known as microplastics. Their increasing presence in the environment is due to the intensive use of synthetic fabrics in clothing and the fact that they do not biodegrade easily. These barely noticeable plastics end up directly in the water that the washing machine will discard. From there they will end up in drinking water treatment plants, rivers and finally in the sea. In these environments they will become part of fish food and may end up in the human organism. Some of these unsustainable fabrics are:
If we consider that around 60% of the T-shirts we buy are made from polyester (one of the synthetic textiles), we can imagine how serious the magnitude of the problem must be.
When it comes to choosing clothes, identify those that are made from recycled or reused materials. This is another way of being sustainable, as they are designs that seek to make the most of those materials that others would disregard. The fashion industry, by being conscious and efficient, will eventually have to avoid excessive energy consumption as well as the waste of textile materials that can be used and reused in their entirety.
We add a list of all those fabrics that do not produce microplastics and therefore you are contributing to sustainable fashion consumption:
Benefits for the skin
Not only is it an environmentally responsible fabric, organic fabrics are beneficial to health. Being free of toxic chemical residues, skin allergies are virtually nonexistent and in the sports world, fabrics such as cotton and bamboo, have another great advantage: they are able to absorb perspiration quickly and in large quantities.
They are also great allies in days of intense heat or cold, as they allow the skin to breathe, without accumulating moisture and maintaining its freshness, and in moments of weakness and need for healing, these fabrics provide a light and antibacterial texture.
We hope that you can become aware of all these aspects that we have presented to you. Now that you know about sustainable fashion, let's reinvent your closet!
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