You're eating a few meatless meals a week and taking transit to work so maybe it's time you turn your planet saving deeds to your closet? Americans throw away 68 pounds (31 kg) of clothing and textiles per person each year and we Canadians average about seven kilograms (15 lbs) of textile waste (clothes, bedding, etc.) annually.
I'm not suggesting you can shop your way out of this one, ladies. But without spending a cent you can be more fashionably green starting today.
Remember those pants that popped a button? That shirt with the stain? Fix 'em up and you've got a whole new wardrobe. Check out my planet-friendly suggestions for getting rid of stains. You've got the ingredients in your kitchen — you just don't know it yet.
Thinking of giving some great finds to a good home? Call some friends or neighbours to host a clothes swap. Your old is their new. Or donate unwanted items to your favorite local charity.
Extend the life of garments you no longer wear by taking them to a local consignment shop. While you're there, check out the selection — it's a great alternative to buying new.
Repurpose a garment yourself. Need inspiration? See how one woman is making all of her own clothes for one year. Swap-o-rama-rama is another option where professional designers help you embroider, knit, crochet, silk screen, or bead an item. Find an event in a city near you.
Choose fashionable, upcycled items that have managed to avoid the waste stream altogether. Many eco-friendly designers are getting uber creative, producing earrings from old skateboards and purses from ties of Father's Days past. And don't forget vintage. Instead of buying new items that look vintage, why not just buy the real deal?
Conventionally grown cotton uses about one pound of pesticides and fertilizers to make a single T-shirt. Some chemicals are carcinogenic, so buying conventional cotton products means exposing workers, wildlife, and water to these pollutants. Choosing organic cotton will be help rid the planet of 25 per cent of the insecticides and more than 10 per cent of the pesticides used around the world.
Lindsay Coulter, Queen of Green