First things first, let’s make it clear what a sustainable wardrobe means. Sustainable stands for causing little or no damage at all to the environment and for having the ability to continue to exist in a particular condition for a long time. Owning a sustainable wardrobe is in fact a process. It takes time to perfect it, so keep that in mind before rushing to throw away your polyester clothes. Take good care of the pieces of clothing that you already have and love in the first place. Donate the ones you don’t like to textile recycling centers or charity. Finally start shopping mindfully and get more information about what you buy.
Invest in Organic Timeless pieces of clothing
While the fashion trend is constantly changing, it makes people buy clothes with a short life term. Basics do not ever fall out of style. Quality organic basics must be seen as an investment, as they will last much longer, both in time and taste. Essential quality pieces of clothing make your trendier, and maybe cheaper clothes look better. They give you the best out of the closet you already own.
OrganicBasics puts sustainable thinking at the center of everything – that means they only choose fabrics that care for the environment and they only partner with factories that care about their impact too. “When we say sustainability is our core mission we don’t mean that sustainability is nice to have – we mean that it’s the only way we act.”
OB is based in Denmark and it’s on a mission to change the actual dirty fashion industry. The brand relies on the latest innovations in technology to reduce pollution during the manufacturing process of clothes, on creativity for finding various scraps uses, and on curiosity and care when it comes to knowledge about materials and factories. They work with fabrics from Europe that share the same sustainable values. In other words, the workforce involved must be safe and treated with respect. The factories have to work continuously on reducing their environmental impact. When you visit the material&care section of each product on the Organic Basics website, you can see the exact factory where the product was manufactured and learn more about it. That, in my opinion, is an original feature.
The brand produces both woman and man sustainable basics. They use organic cotton, recycled materials like recycled cashmere and recycled wool and notably innovative materials like Tencel Lyocell and SilverTech.
There are several ways to style a basic piece like a black t-shirt. It’s incredibly easy to put together an outfit with it and it never goes wrong. You can go all black on Monday and wear it with your high-waisted blue-jeans on Tuesday. Wednesday go for a mini skirt and then tuck it into a midi skirt for the next day. Only your imagination is the limit for a black t-shirt. This basic piece contains 95% GOTS Organic Cotton.
The Invisible Collection comes with clean-cuts, designed as an invisible panty line under your clothes. This comes in handy especially when you feel like wearing that sexy evening dress you have in your closet. The briefs are made from recycled materials and are PETA “Vegan approved”.
When it comes to sports, OrganicBasics uses SilverTech materials to make soft and odor-controlling clothing. The process is simple, and it means covering the polymer fiber in natural silver and then mix it with organic cotton. Besides, the fabric gets a Polygiene permanent treatment, based on recycled silver salt. In other words, it stops further growth of the odor-causing bacteria and the fabric stays fresh for longer. This allows you to wash less often and save time and resources.
The scarf has come a long way in fashion as a sustainable wardrobe piece since its origin can be traced back to Ancient Rome. Today the scarf represents a wardrobe essential due to its multiple uses over time, from religious purposes, to cover a woman’s head, to cold and wind protection. Organic Basics makes scarfs out of recycled cashmere, that would otherwise go to landfill. Pick your favorite out of four essential colors: navy, camel, grey and black, and pair it with matching gloves and a matching beanie.
Someone once told me that if a man wants to have a great wardrobe, he should own only 10 white t-shirts, 10 black t-shirts, 10 black pants, 10 black pairs of socks, 10 pairs of boxers and so on. You get the point. Organic Basics comes to men’s help with various starter packs, to ease their shopping burden.