Local Laundry's Guide to Conscious Consumption
As consumers become increasingly aware of the impact their purchases have on the environment, more and more people are turning to sustainable and ethical fashion. At Local Laundry, we are committed to helping our customers make more conscious choices when it comes to their consumption habits.
What is Conscious Consumption?
Conscious consumption is the practice of being mindful and intentional about the products we buy and the impact they have on the environment and society. It's about making informed choices that align with our values and contribute to a more sustainable future. By being more mindful about our consumption habits, we can reduce waste, support ethical practices, and make a positive impact on the world.
Tips for Practising Conscious Consumption
- Invest in Quality Pieces
One of the best ways to practice conscious consumption is to invest in high-quality, well-made pieces that will last for years. Fast fashion has a significant impact on the environment, as it often involves the use of cheap materials, exploitative labor practices, and a high turnover of styles. By investing in quality pieces that are made to last, you can reduce your overall consumption and minimize your impact on the environment. Among the many reasons we chose to manufacture all of our products in Canada was the quality of our garments, knowing they would last years, rather than a few months. We wanted to reduce the amount of textile waste in the landfills. Pieces like our Canadian-made heavyweight hoodie are constructed to the highest quality.
- Choose Sustainable Materials
When shopping for clothing, be sure to look for pieces that are made from sustainable materials. Some sustainable materials include organic cotton, bamboo, and recycled fabrics. These materials are grown and produced using eco-friendly practices and are often biodegradable or recyclable. By choosing sustainable materials, you can reduce your carbon footprint and support more sustainable production practices. Our organic cotton and bamboo fleece is luxuriously soft and sustainable. The bamboo properties mean the garment is anti-microbial and will require less washing, meaning less water usage over its lifetime.
- Shop Local
Another way to practice conscious consumption is to shop local. By supporting local businesses, you can reduce the environmental impact of transportation and support the local economy. Local businesses are also more likely to have transparent and ethical production practices, which can help ensure that your purchases align with your values. We’re proud to manufacture all of our products here in Canada, further reducing the carbon footprint of each garment.
- Choose Ethical Brands
When shopping for clothing, it's important to choose brands that prioritize ethical practices. Look for brands that are transparent about their production processes and have certifications such as Fair Trade or GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard). These certifications ensure that the clothing is produced in a way that is fair to workers and minimizes environmental impact. We’re proud to use GOTS certified organic cotton in our Canadian-made bamboo garments.
- Consider Second-Hand Options
Buying second-hand clothing is another way to practice conscious consumption. By purchasing gently used clothing, you are reducing waste and minimizing your environmental impact. Second-hand stores and online marketplaces offer a wide range of options, and you can often find high-quality pieces at a fraction of the cost of buying new.At Local Laundry, we are committed to sustainable and ethical practices, and we believe that conscious consumption is an essential part of building a more sustainable future. By making small changes in our consumption habits, we can make a positive impact on the world and support a more sustainable fashion industry. Our choice to exclusively manufacture made in Canada clothing is a reflection of this commitment.