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Your kids probably go through clothes at a startling rate, right? Every parent has those moments when they try to dress their child in the morning and realise that, yes, they’ve already grown out of those shorts you bought just three months ago! It can be exasperating and expensive to keep your growing youngsters in clothes, never mind making sustainable or eco-friendly choices on top of this!
Nevertheless, there are ways to eco-revamp your kids’ wardrobe, and actually save money doing so! Here are three simple steps to making your childrens’ clothes more sustainable while saving money too!
Learn Simple Sewing Techniques
Gone are the days of darning old socks and sewing up holes in jumpers, but that doesn’t mean these days can’t return. The fast fashion industry capitalises on throwing away clothes the minute they show signs of wear and buying news ones – but not only is this bad for your wallet, it’s bad for the environment too.
When it comes to your children’s clothes, growing out of them isn’t the only issue. In addition, children are always getting into scrapes, and often their clothes can get holes and tears in them. Learning a few simple sewing techniques will help you to quickly fix clothes that you would otherwise throw out and replace. It’s a small change, but it will make the world of difference!
If you are buying new clothes for your kids, take a moment to think about where you are shopping. Of course, no brand or company is perfectly ethical, but there are many brands that are highly invested in sustainable Kids’ Clothes that are good for the environment. This could be by using recycled materials, paying garment workers a fair wage and providing proper working conditions, or sustainable shipping practices. Whatever the small contribution to saving the planet, it is worth making.
Additionally to buying the clothes themselves, there’s also how you wash them. Investing in an Eco Egg, which uses dissolvable beads to for up to 80 washes, ditches the harmful detergents and leaves your laundry lovely and fresh. Plus, no plastic detergent bottles or boxes! It’s a win-win!
Go Second Hand
If you have lots of friends with similar age kids, why not organise a clothes-swap? You could bring all your kids’ old clothes that are no longer wanted or no longer fit, and swap items with friends who might bring clothes that suit just right! This is a great way to get new clothes for your kids absolutely free, and help out friends as well as the environment.
Alternatively, you can shop reliably for second hand kids’ clothes on eBay, Depop and in stores like Oxfam. There is no shame in the second hand game – your kids won’t know the difference, and it saves you money as well as helping you make sustainable choices.
Overall, eco-revamping your kids’ wardrobes is not as tough a challenge as it seems. Follow this guide to make more sustainable choices in 2021 and beyond!