February 04, 2021 3 min read

These days, we hear a lot about the many benefits of choosing to be sustainable and adapting a ‘greener mindset’. This is especially so as the world continues to combat challenges like climate change and the impacts of plastics or fossil fuels.
Our potential to be more eco-friendly is bleeding into our lifestyles more than ever before – and for a good reason.

In this article, we’re covering some of the reasons we believe it’s time to hop on the bandwagon of sustainability, but this time for your wardrobe. 

1. Sustainable clothing leaves a smaller footprint on the planet

Many clothing options these days are made from polyester. Polyester is made from plastic, so not only is it not breathable for your skin, when you wash it, it also releases microplastics which go down the drain to our oceans. Cotton is a slightly better alternative, though cotton farming generally needs a lot of pesticides to produce quality crops. Choosing to buy from a sustainable brand typically means you’re investing in eco-friendly options such as organically grown cotton, which is much more beneficial for the environment, and yourself.

2. Reduce harmful waste 

Much of the dyes used for clothing are harmful to the environment, and standard manufacturing practices also place a significant burden on the environment. More sustainable labels do not rely on this method. They choose fabrics made in sustainably run mills who reduce the amount of electricity and water used as well as use non-toxic dyes. Opting for ‘green’ brands lessens the demand on potentially toxic processes and also in the use of harsh chemicals that can be harmful to your skin.

3. Encourage and support Fair Trade

Have you ever heard of the Fair Trade Act? Essentially, any clothing in these categories ensures that the manufacturing process didn’t involve any use of sweatshops or poor working conditions for employees. You’re effectively supporting human rights and giving a thumbs up to the environment at the same time.

4. Give love to animals

We are all about promoting a ban on animal cruelty, and sustainable clothing is a great way to embrace that. Clothes that are crafted from fur or leather ultimately means animals are involved in the process, and switching to a cruelty-free option means you can let your conscience rest peacefully and show some love to our furry friends.

5. The quality is different (in all the right ways)

Like anything, paying for a more eco-friendly, sustainably designed option means you’re lessening the impact of consumerism and decreasing your carbon footprint. Although it may feel like you are forking out more, the reality is, you typically save money in the long run, because your purchase will usually last far longer than cheaper alternatives both in style and longevity. Win-win!

6. Stray away from the same-same

Having a wardrobe full of looks that everyone else has isn’t that impressive. Flaunt your distinct pieces with a choice of clothing that’s somewhat one-of-a-kind, mostly because it’s not mass-made. And let’s face it, too much of something is never a good thing.

7. Easier to care for 

Garments created from eco-friendly materials generally need a little more care and attention. You’ll need to wash them in cold water and also ditch the tumble dryer and spare them the chemicals. But in the end, you’re sparing the environment from all this, too. The good news is, it doesn't all have to be hard for you. Take the time to give your clothes a good hard flick before hanging and this will help naturally iron out the wrinkles.

Did you know that The Teen Age is a big advocate for sustainable clothing for teens? Lessen your family’s footprint with our greener options! Read up on our commitment to  sustainability here.