The worldwide demand for clothing has increased significantly. Sales have nearly doubled over the last 15 years. On average, a person in Germany buys 60 new pieces of clothing per year – 40 percent of which are never worn.
→ Try sharing, swapping or renting. Whether it's dinner jackets or wedding dresses, inflatable dinghies or stand-up paddleboards, climbing gear or an angle grinder - there are great opportunities on sharing platforms, and not just for clothes.
The range of second-hand goods is huge and offers a real alternative to buying new - across all product groups. This is not only easy on the wallet, but also on the environment. The image shows your CO₂ savings through the purchase of secondhand products.
→ Have a rummage in second-hand shops or flea markets. Goodie: Since second-hand clothes have already been washed several times, they are not only cheaper to buy, but also less harmful to health than new ones.
Many textile products such as curtains, carpets or clothes are now made of polyester synthetic fibres. High-quality processed fibres made of recycled plastic do have a very good environmental footprint. Nevertheless, they can still have a negative effect on waterways due to microplastics.
→ Pay attention to quality, wash gently and try to keep the material mix as low as possible because bonded material can only be reused to a limited degree. Natural materials, like wool or down, offer a good alternative.
More than 50 percent of CO₂ emissions are influenced by how long you use a product. This applies to clothes as well as coffee machines, exercise bikes, tablets or bikes.
→ Quality is worth it. Whenever possible buy timeless classics; high-quality products that you can use for longer. Over the long term, this is better for the environment and more economical.