How to reduce impacts from your consumption
Sometimes we mistakenly believe that the possibility to change things and fight against climate change resides only in the big and corporate world. However, with time we understand that the only way to really create the changes that we require in the necessary time is if each one of us joins this great collective struggle.
From the point of view of consumers, it is necessary to rethink our consumption habits from the way we buy, the care we give to the objects we acquire, as well as the way we dispose of them to act in a more responsible way with our environment.
Impacts as a consumer
According to data collected by the Ellen McArthur Foundation, the care of garments represents between 75-80% of the carbon footprint of these objects.
One of the most harmful and normalized habits today is the bad care we give to our garments, over washing them or using the wrong care instructions, wearing out the fiber in an accelerated way and shortening the potential life of the garment.
Simple actions to join the fight from our home
Sometimes we want to join these changes, but we don’t know where to start.
We share with you some simple actions according to the Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2020 to modify your care habits towards more environmentally responsible actions.
1.- Eliminate 1 wash cycle out of 6 – On average a washing machine uses 52,000 liters of water in a year. If we change the washes, we can save significantly. That is, if you wash a garment 6 times a year, eliminate one cycle to make it 5. This will help save energy and water, as well as extend the life of your garment.
2.- Wash in cold water – garments lose a greater amount of color in hot water. In addition, high washing temperatures weaken textile fibers, shortening their useful life and using large amounts of energy.
3.-Back to air-drying – Avoid using the dryer, this will extend the life of your garment and pollute much less. A curious fact is that these «little balls» that appear in the clothes are called pilling and appear when the garments are subjected to abrasion processes, such as the washer and dryer.
Wash small stains by hand with bar detergent – This will avoid wearing out the fabric unnecessarily.
There are many other actions to be a more responsible consumer such as choosing the right detergent or acquiring a filter for micro plastics or changing 1 garment out of 5 in your closet for pieces that come from fair trade, local manufacturing or proposals linked to sustainable fashion.
Finally, everything has to do with analyzing our habits from an honest and analytical point of view to identify what we can do better when buying, using, caring for and throwing away our clothes.
Thank you for joining the fight for a better world!
If you are interested in sustainable fashion and are looking for new ways to join the change, we invite you to see our website where you can find much more information about this and many other fabrics relevant to the current industry.
At Creamodite we are in a constant search to find solutions and proposals to counteract the impacts of the industry.
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