The landfill of new clothes.
A solution for the problem of fast fashion
In the revolutionary new concept called “Circular Economy,” no goods are wasted; instead every product, component and material is reused to make new products. In fashion that means a sweater would be made with recycled wool, thread and reused buttons, and the sewing machine would be solar-powered. When the buyer no longer wanted the sweater, he’d return it to the manufacturer, who would either resell it as second-hand, reuse buttons and threads again or recycle the fabric for other uses like cleaning cloths or insulation materials. If resell, reuse, or recycle are not options then at least the materials are used for producing energy.
To make one T-shirt, 718 Gallons of water are wasted. (A 7-minute shower uses about 15 gallons of water.)
Every American throws away 70 pounds of clothing each year. That equals the weight of 200 T-shirts or 70 pairs of jeans.
On average, a shirt or a pair of pants is only worn 7 times.
Fashion is responsible for a tenth of all the world's greenhouse gases that are released into the air.
What you can do
- Go thrifting.
- Organize clothing-swaps with your friends or donate clothes you’ve outgrown to younger kids.
- Use clothing-swaps apps.
- Buy from companies that are eco-conscious, like For Days.
- Learn how to use a sewing machine or how to do a simple stitch-- this way you can mend your clothes rather than throw them away.
Up for discussion
Why do you think people want new clothes all the time?
How do new clothes make you feel?
Is it more important to follow trends than to develop your own style with thrift store clothes or combining old clothes to a new look?