For example, cotton is one of the planet’s thirstiest crops. According to the International Institue of Sustainable Development, it uses over 2,700 litres of water to produce a single cotton t-shirt. And as the World Resource Institute reports, cotton farming is also responsible for 24 per cent of insecticides and 11 per cent of pesticides despite using about three per cent of the world’s arable land. Moreover, every time we wash a synthetic garment, microplastics are released into the water. Which is why paying attention to the clothes you already have and making conscious choices to be a sustainable shopper when you do need to make a purchase are so important.
If being a sustainable shopper is on your mind and you have no idea where to start, don’t stress. Stephanie Dickson, founder and editor-in-chief of eco-conscious platform Green Is The New Black shares her best tips and tricks to freshen up your look without buying “new” clothes.