Think of your sweater as a portable personal heater you don't plug in.
[tabby title="About"] Sweater Days is a campaign for energy conservation, as well as an awareness and action campaign for social, environmental, and health issues related to the manufacture and consumption of fashion and textiles. Sweater Days lasts all winter quarter, during the times you can wear a sweater to conserve energy. Sweater Days Programs and events combine creativity and activism with awareness of energy conservation and the fashion industry. Join us for Sweater Days events this winter. Sustainability is warm, functional, fun, and in style!
- Buy used clothing and vintage
- Buy local
- Buy less--but buy better and care more
- Select 100% natural fiber content
- Choose certified organic natural fibers
- Skip the landfill and donate or swap clothes
- Wash your clothes less frequently and dry loads consecutively
- Wash clothes in cold water
- Clean your lint filter regularly
- Mend and repair, instead of tossing & buying new
adapted from thetruecostmovie.com: The clothing and textile industry is responsible for human rights violations, pollution, and massive amounts of waste. But the good news is, it’s a consumer driven industry, and buying responsibly can help! Think critically about who made your clothes, from who spun the threads, to who sewed them together, to who grew the cotton in the first place.Follow these 4 tips! #1 WILL YOU WEAR IT 30 TIMES?
- Clothes have become disposable because they’re cheap to buy and wear out quickly
- The demand for cheap clothes has led to a demand for sweatshop labor and outrages like factory collapses and fires
- Just asking yourself if you’ll wear it 30 times is a great way to shop smarter and more intentionally
- The global fashion industry is worth $2.5 trillion. Shouldn’t this be shared?
- Buy local first
- Look for brands with Fairtrade standards. How much are workers being paid compared to how much you paid the company?
- Avoid buying new clothes. Fashion is the world’s second most polluting industry after oil.
- Azo dyes are extremely toxic, but they’re still the most commonly used synthetic dyes for clothes
- 10% of the world’s biggest fashion brands have committed to phasing out toxic substances through Greenpeace’s detox program. Check the list
- Be the change you want to see in your wardrobe (and the world!)
- Fashion Revolution (.org) represents millions of consumers who want change and provides more resources for a sustainable wardrobe
Contact(s)Carol Berry, Campus Conservation Program Manager, email@example.com, (360)650-7979 Julia Bainbridge, Campus Conservation Outreach and Engagement Assistant, OSConservation@wwu.edu, (360)650-4924
A formula for Simple Clothing Choices
- Do I really need it? Can I make it with something I already have?
- If I really need it, do I really need to own it? Can I borrow it instead?
- If I can’t borrow it, can I get it gently used?
- If I can’t get it gently used, can I get it new from an ethically produced, sustainable source?
- If I can’t get it from a sustainable source, can I get a high quality product so that will last?