How To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint At Home
Showing you brands or companies that we love here at Native Styling is important for you to introduce some versatility into your closet. But giving you tips on how to live a more sustainable AND fashionable lifestyle is just as important. Today, we will be focusing on how to reduce your carbon footprint at home.
We all know that fashion is the third most polluting industry in the whole wide world. At Native Styling, we couldn’t be more proud to give all our attention to brands who believe we can all make a change in the matter. Companies – especially the bigger ones – can have such a huge impact when it comes to switching their practices. We absolutely love when they try to reduce their water consumption or fabric waste.
However, there is also an impressive amount of small changes you and I can make in our daily lives in order to compliment what brands are trying to do. Did you know that 2/3 of clothes’ carbon footprint is done at home, after you’ve made your purchase and gotten home? Numbers don’t lie, and now you know that however you treat your clothes also has a huge impact!
It’s actually an amazing thing to know that we are responsible for those two thirds because that means the power is is our hands! We get to decide how we are going to treat our clothes – and the planet – once they make it into our homes.
So, what now?:
Here are a few ideas on how you can reduce your carbon footprint at home:
1. Don’t wash too often:
Obviously, the best and easiest way to counter the problem is just to reduce how much you wash your clothes in the first place. Do you actually need to do laundry 3 times a week or do you have enough underwear to last you a few more days? This tip is even better for those of us who forget to do laundry, or are too lazy to do it this Tuesday. Relax, there’s always next week! Also, if you have one or two stains on your favorite t-shirt but the t-shirt is mostly clean, try to spot clean it instead of throwing it in your laundry basket.
2. You’re getting colder:
If you want a quick easy tip on how to save energy, washing your clothes on a cold cycle is the best way to go! Statistics say that it prevents against too much CO2 on Earth and even reduces it by 500 lbs a year; which makes a tremendous difference if every one was starting to do so. You can also stay on the cold side by preserving your denim pieces. As a matter of fact, denim doesn’t need to be washed too often – especially raw denim – and on the contrary, it could even damage it more. The best way to keep them clean is to spot treat them for stains; and put them in your freezer to prevent odors! Just leaving them overnight, up to a couple of days should do the trick; and it also kills all bacteria, so try it next time you want to wash your jeans!
3. Avoid your dryer:
We all know that, if there is one thing that makes our electricity bill so heavy, it’s how much we use our dryers. I know, they are extremely convenient and make our clothes smell so nice – if you live in a somewhat humid climate, you will know that hang-drying your clothes might not be the best option scent-wise. But did you ever stop for a second to think about why using dryers makes our electricity bill so high? It’s because of how much energy they use, and that takes a huge toll on the planet. If you decide to hang-dry your clothes for only 6 months, you could erase 700 lbs of greenhouse gases per year! Having a hard time calculating that number? That’s basically driving 1,800 miles with a hybrid car. Or just…a LOT!
4. Need dry cleaning? Try Green!:
Most regular dry cleaning places use extremely harsh chemicals in order to get stains and odors out of our clothes. Those practices are not only terrible for the planet, they can take a huge toll on our health too. Some of the chemicals are called hydrocarbons, D-5 cleaners; but the most common is still perc (perchloroethylene to be precise). Perc is known to cause respiratory failure and liver damage, you definitely do not want to take that risk only to get a stain free dress back in your closet! To counter that, many dry cleaners are now using simple water as their main solvent, and we couldn’t be happier! Make sure you ask your dry cleaner about the chemicals they use before going with their services.
5. The 3rd “R”:
As you will have probably guessed, the last and best step to reduce your carbon footprint at home is to recycle! So many households overlook this step when it is one of the easiest, fastest and most impactful methods to use when trying to better our planet. We tend to throw away so much instead of trying to find a new life for items that are unwanted in our wardrobes. In fact, it seems 68 lbs of textiles are thrown away in America, and that is per person, per year. A truly impressive number, and not in a good way. Another great way to avoid throwing away items is to donate them to centers or local charities. Our favorite ones being Goodwill, Buffalo Exchange (that also has a program to help the less fortunate) or Dress For Success.
That is it for our list on how to reduce our carbon footprint at home! Were any of those tips helpful to you? Are you planning on changing your habits to apply some of the steps above? Let us know in the comments!