Being Green – Fashion Trends For The Planet

It’s an undeniable fact that the Earth’s resources are finite and they’re running out – fact. Add to this the ever present threat of climate change (whether you believe it’s man-made or not makes no difference…) and you’ll see that every little bit you can do to protect our fragile planet can make that vital difference and help future generations to survive and thrive.

It’s Not All Lentils and Hemp

‘Green’ clothing has a stained image in that the clothing generally associated with being ‘green’ is boring, old fashioned and let’s face it… a bit ‘ethnic’ in origins. Modern environmentally friendly clothing isn’t at all associated with ‘hippy’ type clothes and although some of the materials being used are closely related to traditionally environmentally friendly ones, new manufacturing techniques mean that clothing and footwear can be produced nowadays which is both stylish and good looking.

Look At The Big Picture – Go For Longevity

You’ll hear a lot in the environmentally aware circles about using materials such as Hemp, Bamboo and other low-impact crops for making clothing. Proponents of these materials will tell you that these materials are the most environmentally friendly as they use little water to grow and don’t require much in the way of processing to get the fibres needed for weaving. As with most things, this isn’t the full story.

Think about if for a minute and you’ll realise that the best way to be environmentally friendly is to re-use everything, that way all of the expended energy to make the materials and clothes in the first place isn’t wasted. No extra water is used and no additional dyes and toxic chemicals are released into the atmosphere. This is the way modern environmentally aware clothing and footwear manufacturers are going and it’s a very good move for everyone… the company producing the goods gets materials at a vastly reduced rate and the planet isn’t subject to, for example, the need to pump vast quantities of water into fields to feed a new cotton crop.

The real way to save the planet and make sure that your clothing has as little environmental impact as possible is to both keep your clothing for as long as possible and when you really have to replace your clothes and shoes opt for ones which are made from recycled materials. One such example is the Terra Plana Janis range of boots. These welly styled boots utilise a multitude of recycled materials and let’s face it… look great as well!

End Of The Road – When Clothes and Shoes Die

So you’ve managed to hold onto your clothes and shoes for years, but there will come a time when you really have to replace. That’s fine… you can still be environmentally aware when you dispose. Most councils in the UK run garment and shoe disposal schemes – the materials in these ‘end of life’ products is shredded and the resulting materials sold on for either re-deployment in brand new clothes or turned into other things. Remember – a large portion of modern footwear contains plastic for the sole so if this is just thrown away in landfill then it’s a whole lot of hydrocarbons being thrown away (with a resultant waste of energy the planet can ill afford!

Fashion that is Different is a UK based designer clothing and footwear shop, offering a range of brands such as Terra Plana which are both stylish and well made.

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