Environmentally friendly switches

Meta description – Environmentally friendly switches to make to your child’s wardrobe. Different ways we can make better decisions when buying and looking after our clothes, so they last longer.

Easy Environmentally Friendly Switches to Make

Turn on the telly these days and you’re likely to see an ad for a company advertising their latest product; environmentally friendly, part of a conscious line, uses recycled materials, kinder to the environment.

Yes, making these changes is necessary, but, without trying to sound cynical we need to be mindful of greenwashing, i.e. an attempt to profit from the growing demand for environmentally sound products.

A rename, rebrand, or repackaging doesn’t always mean meaningful dedication to green initiatives. Cynicism aside there are plenty of easy ways to make switches at home, so we can play our part, even if it’s a very small part, in being kinder to the environment. Some easy at home switches include:

The 30 wears test

When buying items for your little ones, think about the longevity of it. Ask yourself “will they wear this at least 30 times”. If the answer is no, then it’s probably not worth buying. This method won’t apply to very young children, but generally, it’s a good rule to live by.

Make a wardrobe last year-round

We’re not blessed with tropical summers in Ireland, so there’s probably no need for the outfits we hope we’ll get to wear when (if!) the weather gets warmer. Buying clothes that can be worn for different seasons, like, good quality t-shirts, jeans, classic dresses, dungarees, and cardigans means less buying and less waste.

Take note of clothing mistakes

When gathering old clothes for charity shops, or recycling, it’s useful to mentally note a list of reasons WHY the clothes are going to the charity shop. For children, the likely reason is they’ve outgrown the clothes. But it could be other reasons, like, a jumper was itchy, pants were uncomfortable. Whatever it is, make sure that when buying new clothes the same mistakes can be avoided.

Buy well, buy less

When choosing clothes for kids, buy fabrics with certificates that prove their quality. GOTS organic cotton, plant-based fabrics such as Lyocell, and OEKO-TEX® certified textiles are some of the things to look out for. These materials are more environmentally friendly, and there are practices in place to ensure fairer working conditions.

Read the Fashion Transparency Index

When choosing to buy from certain brands having the background knowledge to make informed decisions can determine which brand aligns with your values. The Fashion Transparency Index is a transparent review of how much information high street brands share about their objectives and suppliers’ human rights.

Take care of clothes

Washing clothes at 30 degrees and using Guppy Bags for synthetics can help reduce pollution. Guppy Bags reduce fibre shedding and filter microplastics. This stops microplastics from ending up in seas, lakes, and rivers.

For more on clothes shopping and ways to be more ethical, Sonny Bear’s ethical shopping guide has other tips.