This Plastic Free July, we pledged to provide our customers with as many plastic-free clothing options and accessories as possible. This is why we created our Plastic Free Collection which you can still shop now! Plastic Free July was a challenge set to get as many people as possible to reject single-use plastics and reduce their dependency on plastic in general.
While July may have come to an end, this doesn't mean you have to quit your plastic-free efforts! Trying to reduce your plastic waste all year round is a huge step in helping to make this little planet we call home as happy and healthy as possible. As a final goodbye to Plastic Free July (and a warm welcome to a plastic-free life), here are some of our top tips for reducing plastic waste when it comes to your wardrobe...
P.s. Be sure to read to the end of this blog to find out more about a special plastic-free event we are hosting at the end of August!
First of all, what does plastic have to do with clothing?
Plenty. Much of our clothing nowadays is composed of polyester and acrylic, two fabrics that are completely made from synthetic plastic fibres. There are countless environmental downsides to the manufacture and destruction of plastic including upsetting the food chain, groundwater pollution, land pollution, air pollution and injury, entanglement, or suffocation of wildlife.
Our Top Tips to Being Plastic Free Forever
1. Wear plastic-free clothes
So much new clothing these days is made from synthetic materials like polyester, acrylic, elastane and nylon. In other words, plastic fabric. To avoid this, stick to skin-kind, eco materials like linen, organic cotton, hemp, ethically-raised wool and tencel, all of which are used in one way or another to make the clothing we stock here at Sancho's! You can shop our plastic-free collection now.
2. Buy outfits which will last you more than one summer
At Sancho's, we believe in buying less and buying wiser. This not only means only buying items which you can style in lots of different ways and won't get bored of, but also buy higher quality items which are made from more expensive fabrics and are made to last. Durability and re-usability are key concepts for true sustainability. We want you to be able to wear our collections over and over again.
More expensive clothing may seem overpriced, but the quality of the raw materials is superior, so it requires little chemical processing to make them suitable for you. They also last longer, so they do end up being a worthwhile purchase in the long-run. Buying less and owning fewer clothes will also help when it comes to packing for your summer holiday. No need to rummage through loads of clothes to choose what to wear - your suitcase is already packed for you!
3. Invest in a good pair of plastic-free shoes
Investing in a good pair of plastic-free shoes is a huge step towards becoming plastic-free. Look to buy ones that are made from natural rubber rather than plastic, or jute soles and reclaimed leather. We offer plenty of plastic-free shoes both in-store and online in a variety of colours and sizes!
4. Buy plastic-free jewellery
You don't have to only purchase plastic-free when it comes to your clothing! Always choose to purchase plastic-free when it comes to your accessories and jewellery too. We are currently offering 3 for 2 on all jewellery so treat yourself to three staple pieces that can be worn with any outfit! Shop our plastic-free jewellery here.
5. Repair, upcycle, recycle, donate or clothes swap
Don't let old, unwanted clothes go to waste! Even if your old clothes are made of plastic, don't throw them away in pursuit of an entirely plastic-free wardrobe. Two wrongs do not make a right! There are five main ways you can give your clothes a longer lifespan:
- Repair. Patch up holes, repair tears, replace zips. If clothes no longer fit, why not alter them? Cut trousers into shorts, or small t-shirts into crop tops!
- Upcycle. Bored of your old clothes? Why not try upcycling them? Get a little creative and turn them into a brand new piece of clothing or even something else like a cushion!
- Recycle. Take your clothes to a recycling point rather than to landfill.
- Donate. If you want to make a bit of cash, sell your clothes on places like eBay or Depop. Otherwise, you can donate your clothes to charity shops or homeless shelters, and do a little good for the world while you're at it!
- Clothes swap. Organise a swapping party or attend a local clothes swap to update your clothing selection, whilst also prolonging the life of your unwanted garments. Someone else’s trash could be your new treasure!
6. Minimise plastic packaging
One way to do this is to avoid ordering clothes online unless you are certain that the companies do not ship their items using a ton of plastic packaging. Clothes that you order online will often be delivered smothered in plastic packaging, undoing all the good work that you have done. Buy from local shops in-store to ensure no plastic is used to package your products. Come say hi to us at 117 and 126 Fore Street in Exeter! We love meeting helping realise their fashion dreams in a sustainable and ethical way.
7. Wash your clothes less
Synthetic high-performance fabrics, such as nylon, polyester, rayon, acrylic or spandex, are known to shed a lot of microplastic fibres, making them a major pollutant as compared to cotton fabrics. Every time you wash your garments in the washing machine, millions of pieces of tiny fibres are released, of which around half a million tonnes every year contribute to ocean pollution – 16 times more than plastic microbeads from cosmetics. By reducing the number of times you wash your clothes, you will not only save money but also reduce water usage and plastic waste.
At the end of August, we will be hosting a Plastic-Free Pick-nic which we would love for you all to join us for 😊 Be sure to like us on Facebook to be the first to hear once the event is live. We hope to see you all there!