TODAY'S GREEN MANTRA: I shall consume less more consciously.Day 55 / 365
I shall return to the subject of slow fashion in a few weeks time, where I'll talk about alternative material options and the brands who should be celebrated too, but I'm going to close out this week's look at slow fashion production and our own reduction with a little sum up of each subject.
This week was intended to open a conscious conversation with ourselves about consumption so we might ask ourselves what we buy, why we buy it, and if we need it. Americans alone send 10.5 million tons of clothing to landfills each year, that's like throwing away 52,500 blue whales each year - and just for a heartwrenching reference, there are only 2,000 blue whales left on this earth - so in America alone, we're throwing out more textile waste than there are blue whales on this planet. Per Year. One Country.
For reasons logic over any kind of eco activism should recognize, this has to change, and some of the many ways to help reduce these staggeringly senseless numbers is to buy less - and if you must buy - choose to support brands who produce or collect their creations ethically, using one or many of these solid solutions.
Upcycling is one of the greenest ways to bring anything new into existence as it utilizes items already created to convert waste materials, by products and other unwanted items on their way to the landfill into new materials or products.
> READ THE FULL POST ON UPCYCLING HERE <
Wearing what is already in existence allows us to reduce the need to make new manufactured fibers or even new naturally produced fibers which hog fresh water supply, pollute our planet and perpetrate our pores.
> READ THE FULL POST ON VINTAGE HERE <
Americans alone send 10.5 million tons of clothing to landfills each year, so whether you're buying upcycled, vintage or second hand, you're helping to reduce these numbers ten fold.
> READ FULL POST ON PRELOVED HERE <
Recycling of any kind to create new products is probably the most bad ass thing in the eco world, whether it be fabric material, metals, plastic, nets, or other items which would otherwise lead their long lives as pollutive landfill waste. It is through advances in technology and science, and heady businesses putting money into research and testing of materials that makes this an option for us. And it is one of the most logical ways of creating and is a purposeful step towards a more sustainable system of creation in which fewer resources are used, less waste is generated, and our planet and her inhabitants are protected.
> READ FULL POST ON RECYCLING HERE <
Clothing that can biodegrade which is produced both ecologically and ethically is an obvious answer to the ever growing landfill problem that has been created. Luckily there are tons of innovative and conscious creators of clothing and products outside of the fashion world who have come up with incredible solutions to the problem our consumerist culture has created.
> READ FULL POST ON BIODEGRADABLE GOODS HERE <
Fighting back against our “wear once culture” we must unite in the idea that it is just damn fine if we are seen in the same outfit multiple times, because it doesn’t matter. What does matter is that from the UK alone, about £100 million worth of clothing ends up in landfills every year, and we've got more clothing in our closet than we know what to do with. Anyone not wearing their clothing often or until worn and torn is poorer in mind, soul and spirit, than those being seen as 'lacking financially' due to a less vigorous rotation of clothing.
> READ FULL POST ON REDUCING REUSING AND RESTYLING HERE <
There are scientific reasons why we get such pleasure from purchasing cheap clothing from fast fashion retailors. Though we know on some level that consumption of low cost clothing means we're investing in landfill growth, harmful pollution and inhumane treatment of humans and animals, we tend to take the route of blissful ignorance, but in this case, ignorance isn't just ignorance, by purchasing on a whim you're encouraging slave labour, supporting pollution, and financially aiding a fall in consciousness.
> READ FULL POST ON REDUCING HERE <
Zero-waste fashion is created when designers create a garment using a pattern which work within the fabric’s width, allowing the item to be created without textile waste. For obvious reasons, this is an ecological and economical way to produce fashion, but is less likely to be a mode of creation for fast fashion retailers as it requires the slow, meticulous and thoughtful efforts of an industry more mindful. > READ FULL POST ON REDUCING HERE <
photos: Silas Chipelski & Edmund Fraser
models: Me & Victoria Cassagnaud
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