Make an Impact this Earth Day with Fashion

It’s almost Earth Day! This Sunday people all around the country will be celebrating mother earth and doing their part to promote green-living practices. We at Swap Society, would like to focus on how fashion can play a role in protecting our earth. As you may know from previous posts, the fashion industry is one of the top five industries polluting our earth. We want to give you a few steps on how to be a part of the effort to change that! It can seem daunting to take on such a huge task, but every little bit counts. By swapping, mending, and caring for clothes properly you can help make this world a little greener.

Send Clothes to Swap Society
We know you’ve been avoiding spring cleaning, and we get it, it’s overwhelming. But it’ll be easier than you think to let go of the old and create space to breathe. By sending your clothes to Swap Society you are saving them from landfills, which harm the environment. When charity shops have an excess of clothing the overflow is often sent overseas; this hurts local economies, and wasted clothing releases toxic chemicals into the air. We want to take you preloved items and give them a new life, a new home! So what are you waiting for? Gather up your pieces and we’ll mail you a Swap Society bag. Fill that bag up, send it back to us, and enjoy the points waiting in your account. It’s like going to the thrift store but actually getting the value of your clothes back.

Mend Broken Pieces
If you have items in your closet that don’t look their best but you’re not ready to let go of, then it’s time to get crafty! Fix that loose button, patch that hole, and even dye that white shirt that’s become a little discolored. You don’t have to be an expert to get your DIY on, all you need is a few supplies and the wonder that is the internet. Search Pinterest for the best ways to fix your old clothes or hem a pair of pants. Although it’s easy to want to give up on a piece of clothing as soon as it gets a tear, there’s so much life left in it and all you have to do is grab a needle and thread.

Proper Clothing Care
Surprisingly, most of the carbon footprint an article of clothing creates occurs at home. In other words, we’re washing and drying our clothes all wrong. Fortunately there are very simple solutions! Using a washing machine? Put the temperature on cold (or tap if you have the option), wash full loads, and use an eco-friendly detergent. Hand washing is a great option if you have delicate items, and it helps to reduce water waste. Drying your clothes? Again, put the temperature as low as you can and line dry whenever possible! Going to the dry cleaners? Find one that doesn’t use those nasty chemicals and reuses their hangers. Most dry cleaners use incredibly harmful chemicals to clean the clothes- they’re bad for you, bad for the environment, and bad for your clothes. Skip the chemicals and seek out a green business.

This is a lot of information, but we hope you can attempt one of these steps to celebrate Earth Day! Instead of feeling stressed out by the changes we’re suggesting, get excited about all the opportunities to learn and grow during this time. The journey to a greener lifestyle is walked one step at a time– you got this.

Audrey Stanton was born and raised in the Bay Area and is currently based in Los Angeles. She has attended the Fashion Institute of Technology, London College of Fashion, and received a BFA in costume design from the California Institute of the Arts. Audrey is deeply passionate about conscious fashion and hopes to continue to spread awareness and love for ethical consumption. Visit her blog and follow her on Instagram for lots of #slowfashion inspiration!

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