Sustainable Outfits for an Eco-Friendly Wardrobe

You’ve ditched the plastic bags, you’ve invested in some energy-efficient appliances, and you recycle wherever possible. What else can you do to ensure green and sustainable living?

There are hundreds of ways you can do this and with great sites, to give you ideas on how you can live more sustainably. To really put sustainability at the core of green living, most companies are creating less fabric waste and giving life to old clothes can be a major player in sustainability.

Reducing your Wardrobe

This is the first step you should take when aiming for an eco-friendly wardrobe.

Get rid of any clothes that are stained or perhaps just don’t fit you anymore. It’s easy to tell ourselves that one day we may fit back into those skinny jeans, but we should temper optimism with reality. In all honesty, if you have not worn them in the last 12 months, you probably won’t wear them again.


Once you have gone through your wardrobe and reduced its contents, you can recycle those clothes. Some retailers also offer an in-store credit for turning in lightly used clothes, so there is an incentive to recycle them.

Perhaps pass them on to a friend who may get some use of them, or donate them to your local Goodwill or Salvation Army. For clothes that are damaged or stained, consider using the material for cleaning rags. 

Get Creative

With sites like Pinterest and Nature Code, it’s easy to find ideas on how to turn T-Shirts into pillowcases and leather clothing into new bags. There are lots of clever ways to reuse old clothing, so get creative!

Brands and Materials


When heading to the stores to purchase new items of clothing, take time out to check the brand’s production standards. This information can easily be found on most brand websites.

Check out the reviews on durability and repairability. Companies like Patagonia, Everlane, and Reformation are transparent about the production of their products. These companies are also known for environmental activism and using ecologically sound production practices.

Think about Materials

Consider alternatives to the current materials you generally buy. A good example is cotton vs. linen. As a natural fiber, linen tends to age much better and is around three times stronger than cotton!

Where is the Needle and Thread!

Instead of throwing out clothing which is damaged, fixing those items is a great way to ensure sustainability. Why head out to buy a new shirt when a few stitches can fix?

If you don’t feel confident in doing this yourself, visit your local tailor and have them stitch it up for you. By repairing damaged clothing, this reduces the need to replace the items. Try to see clothing as indispensable rather than dispensable!

It’s Easy When You Know How

There are simple ways to help you have and maintain a sustainable, eco-friendly wardrobe. It’s plain to see that this does not always mean throwing out everything you own and starting from scratch. By educating yourself through research, your wardrobe can be one of many ways you can continue with green living!


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