One of the greatest ecological problems of the current time is the overproduction of clothes. While several years ago fashion companies used to offer their clients a new collection of clothes and accessories every season, now, you can see these companies are producing new clothes within a stop. Literally, you can enter the same shop every week and you will find a new collection of clothes there. Needless to say, no one needs thus many garments.
Learn more about this acute environmental problem in this article and become more ecologically-aware so that you will be able to make better shopping decisions.
The majority of clothes is made of artificial materials
One of the greatest problems of the clothes widely available on the market today is the fact it is primarily made of artificial materials. While ecologically-friendly fur and leather seem to the majority of people as a perfect solution for saving animals, it is not like that in practice. These materials are completely based on artificial substances which put such clothes under the same category as polyester bags which many people are trying to resign from. Actually, this even does not go for all of the clothes. Eco-leather, for instance, is usually produced of polychloride vinyl which more resembles a rubber and it cannot be recycled thus easily as polyester.
Even the things which can be recycled are actually not necessarily worse it. For example, popular recycled sweaters made of polyester require a lot of energy to be produced from other clothes while their quality is not necessarily good and their appearance might be found unattractive soon after one starts wearing it. Do not forget about their high price.
Now, consider the scale of production of such goods and you will see how immense the problem is.
What can be done from your side to minimise this problem?
There are several things you might find helpful for addressing such a problem.
First of all, choose the goods of a good quality. They do not necessarily have to be expensive, but even if you cannot come across a cheaper alternative of a satisfying quality, it will be a better idea to invest some money into a more expensive good rather than buy a new one soon after making your first purchase.
Secondly, refuse from buying the products made of artificial materials. Certainly, you might come across some beautiful piece of clothes that you would like to purchase and there will be nothing wrong in it if you are sure you need it and will be using it. Yet, do not buy such products just because it seems to be a bargain.
When it comes to the products made of artificial fur, it is just better to resign from them altogether. Their quality is never as good as the quality of real fur so they will not last long and they will certainly not provide you with the warmth of real fur. This does not mean you should shop for real fur though. Just chose other options for your winter clothes. Fortunately, there are many of them and you will be able to make do without any type of fur at all.
It might be more complicated when it comes to some items made of leather, especially such as winter shoes. Winter shoes made of artificial materials tend to be less warm and also more prone damages especially if you live in the areas with rather severe winters. The governments of many such locations also apply various tools for melting the ice on the roads. For instance, such materials are sand or special salt which can destroy any type of shoes, albeit, artificial materials can be especially vulnerable.
If you are one of the people living in such places, it might be less harmful for ecology to buy shoes made of genuine leather than an artificial one.
Generally, it is important to understand any form of human’s activity on our planet is not ecologically-friendly, but there are things which are downright harmful and there are things which are harmful for the natural environment on a smaller scale.
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The apparel industry is the second most polluting in the world, so make your choices consciously.
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