There are some important things to consider when shopping for your wardrobe. What we choose to wear has implications beyond just our appearance and our pocketbook. The fabrics that our garments are made from, their origins, and how we clean and care for them; all these things have impact on our planet.
• Shop with a plan. When you bring an article of clothing into your life, it’s kind of like adopting a dog or cat. In other words, you should buy clothing that you can live with for a long time. Higher quality clothes tend to last for many years and classic pieces are elegant and will stay in fashion. How many times do you hear about the little black dress or the navy blazer.
• Buy vintage or used. You’ll be giving a cast-off garment a second life, and possibly supporting charitable work in the process.
• Wear organic. Though cotton is marketed as clean, fresh, and natural, conventional varieties are anything but. It takes a third of a pound of chemical fertilizers and pesticides to produce the cotton for one T-shirt. Luckily, organic cotton is becoming easier to find.
• Think about where your clothes come from. Clothing made under fair-wage and labour practices will usually advertise it. SweatShop Watch and Behind the Label are good sources of information.
Kreg Weiss is a co-founder of My Yoga Online and certified Hatha Yoga Teacher. Several years ago, Kreg discovered yoga while teaching health and fitness. Yoga dramatically transformed Kreg's approach to teaching health and wellness as well as changed his personal life bringing new direction in finding physical, mental, and spiritual growth.