Today I went to my closet, open it, and look at the pile of clothes I own. Is definitely way more than my mom used to own. I remember growing up, how my mom used to wear the same clothes year by year, season by season. The clothes were simple, beautiful,were altered to fit my mom’s body, and she would love them dearly.
Today, we own more clothes than we need, use, fit worse then ever did, but still, our closets are full.
Because we demand more clothes, season by season, companies are creating clothes for us, on a really fast pace, to fulfill our desires, but did you ever wonder at WHAT PRICE?
My fashion choices changed so much in the past 2 years, just keeping in mind all these:
ENVIROMENT Because we demand such a high number of clothes, the unwanted garment, at the end of their life, they end up in landfills, that year by year are getting bigger and bigger.The landfill is the most popular destination for solid waste, by a wide margin. Some cities, like San Francisco and Seattle, are able to recycle more waste than they send to landfills, but the majority of the U.S. sends their trash to the dump.
LABOR and CONDITIONS Because we live in such a fast paced fashion and the demand of cheap clothes that we only use seasonal, children are often used in SWEATSHOPS, often doing arduous tasks such as dyeing, sewing buttons, cutting and trimming threads, folding, moving and packing garments.
MATERIALS are also important, since synthetic materials are in fact “plastic’ that might take a really long time to decompose (over 200 years),and they don’t allow your skin to breathed, increasing bacteria to form and grow. Also cotton production requires a lot of water, pesticides and insecticide to grow, that end up in the end in our environment and water. Dyes are another factor, since during the coloration process, a large percentage of the dye does not bind to the fabric and is lost to the wastewater stream. Approximately 10-15% dyes are released into the environment during dyeing process making the effluent highly colored and aesthetically unpleasant.
FASHION TASTE is impacting most of us, and we all desire new beautiful garment, but in the end we need to question ourself at what cost. FAST FASHION. needs to stop, since is impacting our lives more and more, day by day. Ever wondered what’s in the water your drinking?
So here I am now, wearing mostly thrifted clothes, clothes Made in USA,most natural fiber, trying to buy as much as possible organic clothes, use them as long as possible, and when is time to let go,I consider passing down to a friend,donating or recycle,before tossing them in the trash.
These days I buy USED clothes from my new Biggest Thrifting Store Online THREDUP, since is convenient, but also because I can find clothes I’ll use and love FOREVER.
Not all their clothes are use, but they also overstock from many well know brands, that in the past they used to destroy the clothes(burn), or just dispose them (throw them in the trash). Yes! Brand new clothes! Also I try to find clothes Made in USA,such as my socks pictured, made by Chrissy’s Socks,that are impacting our community, by creating jobs and giving back to the community.
So next time when your buying a new piece of clothing ask yourself these questions:
HOW MANY TIMES WILL I WEAR THIS?
HOW MUCH THIS GARMENT COST TO PRODUCE,WHERE AND WHAT CONDITIONS?
IS IT IMPACTING THE ENVIROMENT?