Most people don’t realise that they can change the world by just changing the clothes you wear. So, what is ‘Sustainable fashion’ you may ask? Sustainable fashion also called eco fashion is a combination thing like fair work conditions, to the dyes you use in clothes, to the fabric the item is made out of and where it’s made (carbon footprint).
These products are classed as sustainable because they use less water to produce eco-fabrics like bamboo and hemp etc. Reducing pesticides being used and by getting items made in sustainable fashion factories where the pay rate and working environment is clean and fair can make all the difference.
By simply buying or changing to using sustainable fabrics, for example, bamboo. You are not only reducing your carbon footprint immensely, but you can take a step into reducing your wardrobe waste. Feel better about the clothing your wearing because you’re making a difference in the world.
Here are some tips for a future living with sustainable fashion.
1. Donate any unwanted clothing to charity so it can be re-used and doesn’t end up in a landfill.
2. Reduce your wardrobe waste by creating a capsule wardrobe and only buying things that you will wear. A capsule wardrobe is formed by just buying tops and bottoms that go with other items in your wardrobe, creating less waste and more wardrobe outfit combinations. According to whowhatwear.com.au, It is estimated that on average people only wear 20% of their wardrobes.
3. By just changing your wardrobe items to basic bamboo underwear, bamboo clothing, you can reduce your carbon footprint dramatically. Sticking to only the required basics and doing them in bamboo will reduce the need to produce cotton or other synthetic clothing products that have a significantly negative impact on the environment.
According to many studies, bamboo is an amazingly sustainable fabric, because bamboo uses no pesticides to grow it, it is classed as a weed because it produces so quickly. It is naturally anti-bacterial, hypoallergenic and anti-static. Most non-sustainable products that claim to be ‘anti’ something use pesticides or chemicals to get it that way. But not bamboo, it is naturally an eco-product without trying too hard. Amazing. Consider reusable bamboo nappies for your babies and your positive impact on the environment will continue to improve!
4. Sustainable fashion doesn’t just stop at just fabrics, it can be the shoes you wear, to the hat on your head or even the toothbrush in your mouth. Look around your home and decide to make the change, the planet with thank you later. Don’t forget to donate these items where you can to reduce landfill.
We hope these simple tips can help you get started on a better future with sustainable fashion. Let’s help the planet one sock at a time.
You & Bamboo
Many doctors and health professionals recommend that, for women, wearing underwear is better for you than not wearing any underwear.
We believe that the underwear you choose is essential when you consider that it comes in direct contact with one of the most intimate parts of our body. As women, we need to be aware of how our choice of underwear can affect and increase the risk of infection and bacteria.
For example, when you’re exercising, the “healthiest” panty is made from a moisture-wicking material and gives you full coverage.
Practitioners suggest 30% of women currently suffer from yeast infections such as thrush in the underwear area. 70-75% of women will experience thrush at least once throughout their lifetime. Could this be the result of the underwear we are choosing?
Regarding fabric, some undies are made predominately of synthetics such as polyester, have limited to no breathability and quickly create moisture build up, which can lead yeast infections.
We also need to consider the fit and style. Some underwear designs ride and move around in places that create irritation and run the risk of creating rashes and spreading infections.
The healthiest panty should be made from a moisture-wicking material (a material that pulls the moisture aware from your skin). Many scientists suggest that 60% or more of what we place on our the surface of our skin is absorbed into our bloodstream. If this is the case perhaps we should also be considering the chemical composition of the fabric in our underwear! The more natural, the better!
An ideal choice of underwear is one that is made from a natural or organic material that enables your skin to breathe such as organic bamboo underwear or organic cotton.
Want to learn more? Explore some of these excellent articles on your underwear!
For many of us shopping for clothes and underwear is all about ensuring it looks good, it fits well and it’s at least kind of comfortable. If it’s in our budget then we have a definite winner.
But what if there were more to consider? What if we as consumers had a significant impact on our environment, our community and the health of our own bodies. In fact, we do, each and every purchase decision we make has a significant impact on all of the above. The more things we buy the higher our impact. However, in today’s busy society we often don’t think about our impact and instead we might delegate the responsibility to the government, to the businesses to the community groups or anyone other than ourselves.
Today, just for a moment let’s look at one of these things, what happens to the things we buy when we throw them out. The average consumer produces 1.5+ tonnes of waste per year. In physical terms that’s bedrooms worth of waste, from just one person!
Much of this waste is avoidable and often is plastics, things that actually don’t break down in a landfill, at the very best it will break into smaller pieces which is then transported to other areas like the centre of the ocean where we now have many plastic bag islands, killing off so much of native wildlife, fish and animals.
Some plastics are the obverse i.e. glad wrap, plastic wrapping, but have you consider that clothes can be a form of plastic also? Polyesters and other synthetic blended fabric blends are often made of plastic or similar, most of which don’t break down in a landfill. What would your bedroom of waste look like?
With that in mind, we really should be considering what we buy and where we buy it from. What will happen to our products once we throw them out!
This is why we pride ourselves on sourcing products that are biodegradable. We also try preventing packaging wherever possible and simply don’t use plastic bags in any of our sales processes. As consumers, we do have the power to make a positive impact, by simply seeking a little bit of information about what our products are made of, where possible by-products that are plastic free and as naturally derived as you can. This is one of the reasons why we believe bamboo is better.
Want to learn more about where your stuff comes from, where it goes to and what else you should really know?! Watch the story of stuff below or check out their website; The Story of Stuff, there is some really cool stuff to explore on here!
If you have awareness, you are empowered with a choice. Each and every choice you make has the ability to make a positive difference on our environment, our community and your life!
What if you were to consider and think about the things you buy before you buy them?
Where do they come from? What will you do with them once you’ve finished with them?
At You & Bamboo we try to source and produce products in the most sustainable ways available, we consider everything from the packaging that the product is made of and what will happen to it when it is disposed, will it go into landfill and contribute to the waste issue, or can it be reused, recycled or composted?
You might not realise the impact that a single product choice has… But what if you were to consider your toothbrush.
Over 30 million toothbrushes are used and disposed of by Australians each year, amounting to approximately 1000 tonnes of landfill each year. That’s Equivalent to 567 Sydney Harbour Bridges being buried every year in toothbrushes!
You have a responsibility to yourself, your environment and your local community. Each and every purchase decision you make has an impact on you and your environment.
Be a conscious consumer and buy products that have a better impact on the environment!
To learn more check out:
- The impacts of plastic toothbrushes; 1millionwomen
Our friends often ask us why we love doing yoga and quite simply, we couldn’t imagine our lives without it now. In a culture where life is fast paced and always on the go, it is a chance to stop, connect with the mind and body, relax and assist ourselves to be present.
The benefits of yoga are long lasting. Research around yoga suggests it can help alleviate stress, fatigue, assist with better digestion and so much more. It has also been said that it helps improve the minds function to deal with learning – allowing us to retain information more easily, helps reduce depression and anxiety in some people and gives a sense of calm.
Often our friends say to us that they feel they are not flexible enough to join a yoga class but it is much more than that. It is not being able to achieve the perfect position but being comfortable enough to attempt and modify the pose as needed, that suits your body. Being present to who we are now as a being without fear or judgement to grow is far more important.
Once you commence, the benefits of yoga will become more obvious. Your mind and body will start to change, offering a sense of empowerment and self realisation so it is important to listen to your inner self. The practice of yoga is not just about the brain or body or achieving a level of happiness but it aims to be much more. It connects you with yourself, your spiritual being and offers kindness in the way of self compassion and compassion for others.
What do you love about yoga? What are some of the benefits of yoga that you have found?