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How To Shop Sustainably For Your Clothes

Updated: Nov 28, 2023

Shopping online and the endless deals on days like Prime Day or Black Friday can make it tough to avoid splurging on stuff you don't need. That can hurt both your bank account and the planet. But there’s hope!

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A study suggests that going green can put the reins back in your hands, letting you make wiser choices for your wallets and the world for the next generation. If you’re keen on shopping smarter, here are four tips that will help you become a more eco-friendly, budget-savvy shopper while reducing your impact on the environment.

Ask why you want it

Some purchases are essential, some bring us joy, while others gather dust after just a few uses. Therefore, think twice before adding that item to your cart. Those impulse buys and returns can create many greenhouse gas emissions and landfill waste. But it’s not all doom and gloom, as there’s a way to make a difference. For instance, by holding onto things a bit longer, reusing, and buying stuff that’ll last, you can reduce the cycle of endless stuff. Before you hit ‘purchase,’ take a moment to ponder: Do I need this? Do I already own something that does the job? How long do I see myself wearing this? These questions can help you make your shopping habits more sustainable and eco-friendly.

Buy sustainable brands

Pick brands that are environmentally conscious and treat their workers right. Look for companies that aren't just talking the talk but walking the walk throughout their entire operation, from material to labor practices. Some brands might boast about eco-friendly fabric but may not treat their workers well. Do your homework and dig into the background of the brands before you splash out. Choose brands that live up to their sustainability claims. Meanwhile, buying smaller production runs like these small-batch outdoor apparel can lead to less waste and reduced environmental impact compared to large-scale manufacturing.

Spend on durability

Cheap can be expensive in the long run, so invest in quality items that last longer. It’s often better to put down a little more cash for something that won't break easily and need replacing. While it may seem pricier upfront, in the long run, you’ll save more by not having to keep buying new stuff. Saving up for quality gear makes sense financially, plus it’s a more impactful way to reduce your carbon footprint than just focusing on “carbon-neutral” shipping. Maybe start a special savings fund, tossing a little each week or month. By the end of the year, you’ll have enough for a sustainable upgrade.

Choose slow, grouped delivery

Go for slower, bundled deliveries when shopping online. The convenience of online shopping is tough to resist, but the rush to get things quickly often leads to more emissions. Think ahead and plan your online shopping to reduce the number of delivery trucks on the road. Group your purchases together for more efficient delivery. And whenever you can, choose the slower delivery options. This way, you help lower the environmental impact caused by excessive shipping returns.

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