As already made clear in our last blog article, fashion and sustainability do not always go hand in hand. Especially not when it comes to fast fashion. Recently, the general rethinking in our society has brought the topic of the environment and sustainability into a new focus. People are more concerned and care more - but how can we shop more sustainably? Today's blog post deals with this question.
Where was the garment made?
If you want to support fair working conditions, you should definitely ask yourself this question. The "Made in ..." label does not provide much information, as it only tells you in which country the product was made. However, most companies are able to use the label to find out in which factory your garment was produced. So be brave and feel free to ask if you are interested in the production conditions of your clothes. Basically, you can also pay attention here to how transparent the company is with such information. At CARL GROSS it is also possible to find out the production plant via the label.
What materials were used in the production?
Does the garment have a sustainability label with certifications? Are recycled fabric fibres used and what about natural fibres? What chemicals are used? You should also look into these issues if you want to buy sustainable clothing. But beware: as with food, not all organic is the same. Feel free to ask further questions or find out more about the company. On the labels of the CONCEPT GREEN garments from CARL GROSS, for example, you will find a QR code that will take you to the corresponding website. Here you will find further information.
What about the price?
Does the price of your supposedly sustainable garment seem too low? Then you'd better leave it alone. Both the processing of high-quality materials and the fair payment of the seamstresses have their justified price, which the company cannot undercut from a business point of view. Be sceptical and listen to your gut feeling.
Wear your clothes sustainably
Have you ever asked yourself how often you need to wear your clothes for it to be a sustainable purchase? The answer: 30 times. At first glance, this may seem like very little, but of course it also depends on how often you buy new clothes and then forget older ones in your wardrobe. Ask yourself the question: Do I really need this? It is also sustainable to extend the life of a garment and thus make your own wardrobe greener. A high-quality, durable finish of the garment is important here. It is helpful if the brand provides instructions on how to care for the product properly. If you would like to know more about suit care, please click here.
Secondhand is an option!
Sure, you can look for sustainable brands when buying your clothes, but you don't always have to. Young people in particular are buying more and more second-hand. By the way: Do you have clothes in good condition gathering dust in your closet? Why not sell them on and make others happy? Donating is also an option, but please check the organisation beforehand. All these measures lead to an extension of the life of the garment.
Sustainable shopping pays off
Of course, the decision to shop sustainably involves a certain amount of effort on your part. Nevertheless, it is worth it: you do something for the environment and at the same time you are rewarded with high-quality and durable garments.
Have you acquired a taste for this? Then take a look at our products from the CONCEPT GREEN collection here.
your CARL GROSS team