Sustainable and green living has become more popular in the past few years. Many people are investing in greener homes and making smarter decisions on what they buy and how it can be disposed of after their use of the item. Many people who have invested in better quality items that last longer save lots of money each year because they don't have to buy items to replace cheaply made clothing, shoes, and other items we use everyday. There are many brands that have created clothing lines that are made out of old clothing that have been refurbished into new trendy pieces of clothing but how easy is it to get your hands on environmentally friendly clothing.
There are many well known clothing brands that not a lot of people realize they are made green and the company will fix or recycle old clothing. Some of those brands are Insecta shoes which is a vegan Brazilian brand that makes everything from shoes to perfume and they are all vegan and made out of old clothing scraps and plastic water bottles. Another very familiar brand that is eco friendly is Patagonia which make all of their polyester items out of plastic bottles and have recently expanded their use of the recycled polyester into other Patagonia products too. The popular brand has kept millions of plastic bottles out of the landfills. The last brand is not a clothing brand it's a cosmetic brand but is still well known, that brand is Dr. Bronner's and some of the first soaps were made over 150 years ago in Germany in jewish corners. The company was not given the Dr.Bronner's name until 1948 when it was founded. The company is all about reducing their footprint and make all of the soap bottles out of 100% post consumer recycled packaging making it even easier to dispose of for customers creating less waste.
Is it all really making a difference? The answer is yes but only if we continue to produce and create new products that are still post consumer friendly. There are so many more ways to go green besides just buying from eco friendly brands, some easy steps you can do everyday to create less waste is making a compost at your home. According to the U.S. Environmental protection agency in 2014 20% of landfill waste is food scraps that's over 35 million tons of food going to waste.By composting you reduce those numbers and the amount of methane going into the air and you can make rich and healthy soil to grow your own food with and finally it reduces your own carbon footprint. Few more easy ways to reduce waste is to stop using single use plastic bags, using a bamboo toothbrush instead of a plastic one which can't be recycled, buying second hand and lastly turn down free samples of things you get offered at events, meetings, and even charities because if more people turn them down less of the items will be made.
After reading this hopefully you have been inspired to look at the amount of waste your producing and try to eliminate items you have in your life to only what you need, and to always try and buy things that are post consumer and eco friendly. This will not only decrease your carbon footprint, but to continue this huge environmental movement that could potentially save our planet.
Story by Barret Bryson