Whenever we talk about our footprint, we always take into account things such as the amount of fuel we use to travel to and from work, the length of time we leave our heating on at home and how much electricity we use on a daily basis; but if we all look a little closer – not to home, but to ourselves – its clear that so much more can be done to reduce our environmental footprint on the planet; in a very literal sense.
Eco Friendly lifestyle
There’s much to be said for eco-friendly alternatives to the things we use in everyday life such as cleaning products, sanitary products and even food that we eat; but it’s the things that we wear that can have a huge impact on our carbon footprint over the years and one area that has seen significant growth in recent times. With issues such as sustainability, chemical use in clothing production and ethical product methods, more and more people are becoming aware of exactly what it takes to make disposable and poor quality high street fashion. Despite a cheaper end cost, it’s not enough to offer a discounted item of clothing or a product and call it ‘organic’ or any other label to attract an eco-conscious crowd as consumers demand to know more about where their clothing has come from and what the effects are on the environment.
Organic cotton and natural dyes are just some of the buzzwords you’ll find flying around the fashion industry but to be sure that they are being used, it doesn’t take much to do a little research into the clothing you’re going to buy. Most brands websites are very good at providing information on where and how their products and ingredients are sourced, as well as the ways in which they are produced. Furthermore, these brands are proud of their achievements and will happily explain their methods of manufacturing for all to see and to set an example to others. But of course, it’s not just clothing that’s altering the footprint of the fashion industry, its shoes themselves too. Footwear is amongst the most unethically produced items on the fashion scene thanks to their use of leather, suede and rubber and the methods in which they are reared and retrieved; but many household names are making a big impact with their vegan friendly alternatives which make the most of synthetic alternatives. While aimed at the vegan market these shoes are becoming a popular choice because more people are aware of them and want to ensure that their footprint isn’t as damaging as it perhaps once was. Brands such as Merrell and Macbeth, are making it possible to enjoy a cleaner footprint whatever kind of activity you’re planning on doing, with sports and adventure footwear, walking shoes and boots, sandals and even casual trainers all available without the guilt of bad manufacturing hanging over your head.
Opting for a greener way of living doesn’t always have to involve major cut back in areas of your life that sometimes can’t be helped. After all, heating a house in winter is essential and avoiding it isn’t always possible. But sensible and simple choices in the products that we buy can make a world of difference