Eco-Friendly Clothing

Welcome to the seventh week in our 10 week series on Natural Living! I hope that you learn something that will help you on your journey to natural living. Wherever you are, just jump right in! Hopefully we can all inspire each other to live more mindfully, one step at a time. (Some links in this post are affiliate links.)

This week’s focus is on eco-friendly clothing. The first thing that comes to my mind when I think of eco-friendly clothing is thrifting. I haven’t gotten into it much myself but it is something I’d like to start doing. I guess I’m just intimidated and feel like I don’t have an eye or the patience to score a good find. I’m often impressed and amazed at other people’s finds though, like That Mama Gretchen and Very, Very Fine, for instance.

I’m a thrifter in another way though: hand-me-downs. I have a whole closet full of hand-me-downs and so do my kids. I freely accept any hand-me-downs someone wants to send our way. For baby clothes especially, you can get barely worn items sometimes from friends who had gifts given to them that were the wrong season/size but didn’t have a way to return them or just didn’t feel like it. The downside for adult clothing is you can end up with things that are maybe not the most flattering for your body type/coloring but at the end of the day, clothes are clothes. I’m just practical that way I guess.

As far as ready made clothing, buying new can be tricky if you are looking for clothing made ethically and with eco-conscious practices especially if you are on a budget! I’m getting to the point where I’m now understanding how much it really does cost to produce an item of clothing that is made well with fair labor practices and with safe materials.

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If you can sew decently, you can make your own. This will never be me, but I’m super impressed (and maybe jealous) of those that can. Knitting is maybe something I might attempt someday, maybe when I’m feeling more patient. 🙂 I know knitting can be a calming, creative activity and that is appealing and having a finished product must make you feel accomplished as well. Mama is Inspired describes it beautifully and shares how to make yarn from fabric for knitting.

For our babies, when buying new you may want to consider organic clothing. Babies have thinner, more sensitive skin than adults and are more susceptible to the effects of the toxins in conventional cotton clothing.

What about you? Do you have any thrifting tips? Or clothing companies to recommend that are ethically minded? Let me know in the comments below!

Other Topics in the Natural Living Series are:

Natural Skincare (May 5 – May 11)
Natural Baby Care (May 12 – May 18)
Natural Haircare (May 19 – May 25)
Natural Cleaning (May 26 – June 1)
Natural Wellness (June 2 – June 8)
Eating Naturally (June 9 – June 15)
Reducing, Reusing and Recyling (June 23 – June 29)
Natural Mouthcare (June 30 – July 6)
What Living Natural Means to Me (July 14 – July 20 )

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