Everyone loves a new pair of jeans — the crisp feel, fit and fresh color is perfect for any season. Plus, new styles come out all the time, who wouldn’t want to own a dozen pairs? The average person owns six or seven pairs, according to a study by Cotton Incorporated.
Unfortunately, some denim manufacturers pollute rivers and oceans by dumping their dyes into them. So before you reach for discounted denim, think about the types of facilities where those pants were made. If they are made inexpensively in China, chances are, they were made in a factory that does not maintain environmentally safe clean up practices.
But there ARE ways to control your eco-impact. Buying fewer pairs of jeans of higher quality and recycling your pants is the first step to maintaining a better green philosophy for your closet.