With global temperatures on the rise and climate change experts warning us at every opportunity, we all want to do our part to ensure that we are being sustainable. However, did you know that many pieces of clothing aren’t sustainable?
When you’re at work, you want to ensure that your corporate clothing looks professional. But is it possible to both look good in the boardroom and be sustainable? If you take the time to research your clothes, it is entirely possible. Below, we’ll take a look at how you can choose sustainable corporate clothing so that you can boss the boardroom and benefit the environment at the same time…
Make informed decisions
The most important thing you can do when choosing to wear sustainable clothing is to ensure that you are well informed about the brand you are buying from. Thankfully, it is much easier to find out where and how your clothes are being made than it used to be. When browsing for corporate clothes, do a little investigative work surrounding the brand. A quick google search will tell you what you need to know about how a brand is ensuring that they are sustainable.
If you are struggling to find any information about the company’s sustainability, you should question why they are refusing to show you this – does it exist in the first place? Another sign of a super sustainable company is that they have schemes in place to ensure that, once the clothes have been well-worn, they aren’t thrown away, but are rather sent for recycling or given to people who may not be able to afford clothing.
Start shopping small
Bigger fashion brands and fast fashion brands are often not very sustainable. In fact, the environmental cost of fast fashion is around 92 million tonnes of waste each year. Therefore, if you can, it is always better to shop at smaller brands or shop locally. That way, you will be ensuring that your clothing items won’t be wasted through the production process of ‘fast fashion’ Better yet, you will be supporting smaller and more local brands who are trying their best to ensure that their corporate clothing is as sustainable as possible.
One of the best ways to ensure that you are buying sustainable clothing is to read reviews online. There are many other business people out there who are desperate to look professional at work and at meetings while also protecting the environment. You can either browse through sites that let you review different brands or you can take a look at sustainability blogs, all of which will give you a great understanding of how sustainable a brand is.
Check the materials
There are a number of materials in the fashion industry that can be incredibly harmful to the environment. For example, nylon and polyester contain petrochemicals that can harm the environment, and they can’t biodegrade very quickly. As a result, they are doubly unsustainable. If you are looking for more sustainable clothing, look for corporate clothing that is made from more organic materials, or materials made from plastic waste.
Make sure you look after your clothes
Once you have found a store that has great sustainable corporate clothing, you need to make sure you do everything you can to look after your clothes. When it comes to sustainable fashion, you, the consumer, are just as responsible for ensuring your clothes last as long as possible. Make sure you take care of your corporate clothing and wash it at the correct temperature so it lasts as long as possible and you won’t have to replace your clothes for months or even years.