How To Dress Sustainably
Did you know that it can take 2700 liters of water just to make a cotton T-shirt and 3781 liters of water to make a pair of jeans? This is because cotton is an extremely drought intolerant plant. Cotton also only takes up 2.5% of agricultural land but accounts for 16% of pesticides and 6.8% of herbicides used in the world. These chemicals heavily damage the environment and harm the soil. Not to mention, the earth is incapable of absorbing the number of clothes that are made and thrown away every year. It is estimated that about 99% of used clothes end up being in a landfill, where they may be burnt.
However, recycled fabric overall is still an excellent option because it reduces the amount of water and pesticide used and prevents clothes from winding up in landfills. It also does not require any dyes or animals, like sheep, to produce cloth.
Before buying a piece of clothing, ask if you would wear it 30 times- this helps you make sure that you will not throw it away immediately after wearing it