Kate Black, author of Magnifeco: Your Head to Toe Guide to Ethical Fashion and Non-Toxic Beauty, shared with Brit + Co some simple ways you can make your wardrobe more eco-friendly.
1. Wear secondhand clothing. Black says that we can all help give wearable, used clothing a “second life” by participating in clothing swaps, and buying clothes secondhand either from resale shops or online from sites like eBay.
2. Be mindful of what you buy. It’s also a good idea to shop more conscientiously when buying new clothes, if that’s the shopping route you go. Black says to consider how high quality the clothes are: Will the clothes last, or fall apart and need to be replaced right away?
3. Donate and recycle your used clothes. When you are done with clothes, Black says it’s best to try to donate them to charity or sell them to a resale shop, or take the clothes to be recycled. These options are preferable to throwing them in the trash, where they will end up in a landfill.
4. Buy less! Buying fewer clothes, in general, is a good step. Before you buy a new item of clothing, Black says to ask yourself: “Do I need to buy it and does it need to be new?”
(photos via Kate Black + Getty Images)