13 Tips for clothes without poison
Greenpeace has studied textiles of fashion brands such as Zara, Benetton and Tommy Hilfiger on carcinogenic and endocrine-disrupting chemicals, some time ago - and has been able to find anywhere. When we buy, wash and throw these poison containing clothes it’s inevitable: contaminants are distributed in the environment worldwide. Therefore, the environmental organization shows how you can do something about poison in clothing.
Here are 13 Tips for clothes without poison:
1. Requirements or Needs?
CHECKING to see if you actually need a new clothes. Consumers are now four times as much clothing as recently as 1980 in the cabinet. Including an average of 20 parts that are never worn. The mass production of clothing - the quintessential Germany alone imported 800,000 tons of textiles every year - requires a high use of chemicals in the production countries.
2. avoid chemicals
Do not use clothes with the instructions to ”wash separately” and ”wash before wearing”. The colors of these textiles adhere poorly and can be absorbed by the skin. Also notes how ”wrinkle-resistant” are reliable indications of chemical substances.
3. Buying second hand
Shops, flea markets or on the Internet, there are masses of clothes that do not want another. You can, however, find themselves just there favorite clothes that are years long companion.
4. Buy quality
Do you prefer parts that are not after a season out and taking new when buying the quality craftsmanship of the clothes. Ecologically truly is clothing that is worn long. Sometimes helps to mothball and wait. As yet, every trend come back.
5. Pay attention to textile label
The Greenpeace Shopping Guide recommends the most important seal for toxic-free fashion
6. Buy green
In many cities, there are so-called Green Concept stores - stores that consistently offer in their range only ”correct clothes” - organically produced from recycled material, social, fair or even vegan. Where are the shops, for example, can be read at www.thboxes.com.
7. Buy organic cotton
Cotton is a delicate plant, for their cultivation much fertilizer and pesticides are used. Often it comes as a genetically modified variety on the field. Organic cotton is a good alternative that is now to be found in the shopping areas of large cities, in concept stores or on the internet.
8. No to child labor - yes to fair prices
Fairtrade products guarantee decent working conditions and fair prices. Against child labor and sweatshops to make organizations like the Campaign for Clean Clothes strong.
9. Avoid jeans in used look
The sandblasting of jeans represents a massive health risk to factory workers. Caused by fine quartz dust many workers suffer from silicosis, an often fatal lung disease. Who is on Distressed, should rather buy second hand because of the look on the ”natural” way arises.
10. Wash and less environmentally friendly
A large part of the LCA is caused when washing clothes. If the washer is employed, the capacity should always be utilized. Most electricity is needed during the heating of the machine. So down with the temperatures for normally soiled laundry is 30 degrees sufficient.
11. free wardrobe
When you are locked up in the closet and clothes are not worn? Free her! Enter the clothes to friends, donate it to charity, sell or auction them, or organize a clothes swap party.
12. be active
Airing the dirty secret of your fashion brand. Check with your favorite manufacturer or their favorite store chain, if there environmental or socially responsible strategies are implemented and how the chemicals being handled.
13. Join campaigns
Participate in campaigns: Report family, friends and colleagues of the problems of the textile industry. This will help Greenpeace to raise awareness for the topic and to exert pressure on the textile industry.