The clothes we wear are made of fabric and materials can cause great damage to both nature and people like you and I.
- The chemicals farmers used to protect the textiles as they grow can harm wildlife (think about those sweet pandas), contaminate other products and get into the food we eat
- The clothes we throw away take up landfill space. Most of it is hard to decompose.
- The chemicals used to bleach and color textiles can damage the environment and people’s health
- People (even elderly and young children) who make the clothes often work in awful conditions. Most of our clothes are bought from the cheap South (like for example India, Taiwan) and the workers work hard and long for very little money. Guess how much an Indian sweat shop worker receives for a designer piece you paid 100 dollars for? A couple of cents.. a day! Resource: British fashion documentary where teenagers spent a couple of weeks in India for a month to experience what happens behind the scenes in clothing factories. (I don’t remember the title of it).
Making a Difference With Eco Friendly Clothing
Going green doesn’t mean you should swap up your whole wardrobe with only organic clothing. Now I’m not going to chant “Save our earth” because I am guilty of buying new stuff all the time. I’m talking about making a difference even if it’s just a small one.
Like for example using reusable shopping bags instead of plastic bags to carry your grocery. Just imagine if 100 other people do the same, or how about 1000?