When I make my own clothes it’s not only for the benefit of knowing that it suits my needs and therefore I will wear the item over and over again, but also that I can choose the fabric that I use.
Most of my handmade dresses and tops are made from organic cotton or linen. Both are sustainable in their own way. I have a hemp skirt that I purchased over 10 years ago and it is still going strong despite the fact that I’ve worn it all year round multiple days in one week.
Choosing sustainable fabrics when you are making or purchasing clothing can cut down emissions greatly. And they can generally last a lot longer as well.
How the fabric is dyed is another aspect of choice when making your own clothing. The dress I am wearing in these photos is organic cotton dyed with indigo and all the fabric I use in my eco products use low impact dyes to print the patterns on their fabrics.
Imagine the toxic chemicals in your clothing building up in your body as you wear them day-to-day. I hate to think about it!
Another easier way to cut down on chemicals is to purchase second hand clothing. A lot of the chemicals used would have been washed out of the clothing by the previous owner.
Then that’s another thought too, all those chemicals used in the making of the garment but also all the chemicals being washed into our waters with repeated washes…
This is why I feel so strongly about changing our habits when we purchase something new.
When buying brand new choose sustainable fabrics that are dyed with low impact dyes. Usually they come hand-in-hand with ethically made (where the maker is paid well).
I’m not perfect, and I’m not striving for perfection, but rather making what I consider the right choices where I can. Every little bit helps.
I could go on, but I’ll open up the conversation for you all to let me know how you feel about this topic.
And you can fine more inspiration and information over at www.slowfashionseason.org
Stay safe and take care of yourselves. x