How to be a responsible consumer?

How to be a responsible consumer?

According to Ellen MacArthur Foundation (2020) consumers are responsible for 20% of the environmental impacts. 

In a world ruled by supply and demand, consumers are also responsible for the environmental deterioration of our planet. The accelerated consumption and disposal of low-cost garments and products with no consciousness of the real social an environmental cost plus, the bad care of our products, are some of the actions that we can change to mitigate our impacts.


How can I help?

According to Fashion Revolution, 25% of the fashion industry carbon footprint, comes from the bad care that we give to our clothes.

Low-cost fashion is normally fabricated with low quality materials and unethical practices; therefore, they have a short duration. Nonetheless, in many cases, we don’t take the right care of our garments.

The right use and care of our clothing has an enormous potential to reduce carbon emissions. During the Copenhagen Fashion Summit de 2020” simple actions for consumers to support the fight for climate change were mentioned. 

Here are some of them: 

  • When you wash your clothes avoid 1 every 6 loads 
  • Wash your clothes with cold water or under 30 grades
  • Air dry instead of the clothes dryer
  • Change or buy 1 piece every 5 from sustainable or responsible brands
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - MAY 15:  (L-R) Moderater Marion Hume, International Fashion Editor, The Australian Financial Review,  Philip Lymbery, CEO, Compassion in World Farming, La Rhea Pepper, Managing Director, Textile Exchange, and Dr Helen Crowley, Head of Sustainable Sourcing Innovation, Kering, take part in the ‘From farm to fashion: animals in fashion supply chains’ Panel Discussion on stage during Day One of the Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2019 at DR Koncerthuset on May 15, 2019 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Since its first edition in 2009, Copenhagen Fashion Summit has established itself as the world’s leading business event on sustainability in fashion. Convening major fashion industry decision makers on a global scale, the Summit has become the nexus for agenda-setting discussions on the most critical environmental, social and ethical issues facing our industry and planet. Marking its 10th anniversary, the next edition of Copenhagen Fashion Summit takes place on 15-16 May 2019 at the Copenhagen Concert Hall under the patronage of HRH The Crown Princess of Denmark. The Summit is organised by Global Fashion Agenda, a non-profit leadership forum on fashion sustainability that works to mobilise the global fashion system to change the way we produce, market and consume fashion, for a world beyond next season. (Photo by Lars Ronbog/Getty Images for Copenhagen Fashion Summit)
Copenhagen fashion summit

Textile Recycling

Another area of opportunity are recycled textiles. 

According to the report “A New Textiles Economy: Redesigning Fashion Future” (2017), around 500 bill USD are lost every year due to the underuse of clothing and the lack of its recycling.  

Stablishing better consume habits, or mechanisms that permits to reinsert products in the chain of value is necessary. Nonetheless, to make this happen consumers, enterprises, brands, manufacturers, and producers as well as governments must be aligned and work together so we can implement significant changes for a right transition. 

¡Don´t wait anymore! Through responsible consumption and the right care we can make big changes. Small and simple actions such as improving the way we choose, care, and buy clothes is a great way to start. Follow the care labels of our garments can also signify huge impacts in the long run. 

A new Textile Economy - Ellen Macarthur Foundation

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