Fast fashion is a major contributor to the world's clothing waste problem. Many of us give our old clothes to charity or drop them in a store take-back bin, but you might be surprised to learn most of it is sold and can end up in the landfill.
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I try to find people to give my clothes too who can wear them. Gym clothes I wear out and then cut them off for shorts. There are ways not to have such an excess, but it means buying quality not quantiy. It's not just textiles ... it is a throw away society. That's how industries make money. Teaching how to recycle things is best. I was just brought up to not be wasteful. I don't spend money on things I don't need just because it is 'in' for the moment. Just because you want it, doesn't mean you actually 'need' it.
The worst thing is that even if you don't buy unnecessary clothes, they will go to the landfill sooner or later. The only remedy is to produce less, but it is almost impossible when companies are profit oriented. I am just waiting when all these issues will become a serious threat to our lifes and people will notice how careless we all were. Of course I'm constantly trying to improve my habits but i can be responsible only for myself.
Planned obsolescence --nothing lasts. It's all built to break down, rip, fade, etc. And as if that weren't enough, every industry from clothing to housing to furnishing to vehicles relies on putting down those who have older models. Antiques are out. Modern is in. Even things like emissions controls discriminates against older vehicles, perfectly good cars whose "check engine light" won't go out for one reason or another (perhaps nothing to DO with emissions) that are suddenly filling scrapyards. People don't THINK before they make "rules and laws" what the REAL effects will be. City planner rules about sizes of houses/rooms supposedly for "our protection" prohibits minimal solutions that people would be happy to implement.
Sooo this is why my mum keeps telling me like 'you have to know the brand, make sure they last long enough so that you won't buy the same thing every 3 to 5 years. It doesn't matter if it's expensive. You're buying quality, not quantity' so here i am, still wearing my pajamas from 6 years ago but unfortunately my shoes couldn't last that long coz my feet are growing quite fast😄
I like classic pieces and quality clothing. I still have pieces looking better than recent purchases from the 90s. I stick to a color like navy and match almost everything in my closet to that one navy piece. My son doesn’t have that much because he’s in a growth spurt and I buy few articles of clothing. If he out grows it I donate to our friends with younger boys.
I like that last older ladys ideas but honestly ive taken some of my clothes to consignment stores before and they barely wanted any of them and when they did they took like one maybe two items and gave me little to nothing for them. I have expensive taste and dont like cheap clothes and was still turned down multiple times by stores like that...
Then there are people like me who use fast fashion because I cannot afford to spend $15 for a t shirt. I ask for hand me downs when I can but if I need a new shirt I but the $1.90 ones for myself so I can afford better clothes for my child and save for things I want like skin care products.
Ohhh this makes me mad! Everyone wants quality over quantity for their clothing. We have no choice but to buy cheap things if that's what's available. Not everyone wants to (or can) shop exclusively at thrift stores. The industries needs to fix this. Thank you for the in depth video.
All the people bragging about buying used clothes should watch the video. Most discarded clothes never make it to thrift shops and end up in landfills in third world countries. Most clothes are made to be cheap and fall apart, so consumers buy more. Their bad condition when discarded mostly makes them impossible to sell used.
Best thing to do is to buy classic pieces made with good fabrics that last. Trendy stuff is made with cheap fabric. Yes good pieces cost more, but they last longer, wear better and don't go out style quickly. They can actually last a lifetime!
If today's women cleaned and sewed they could use the old clothes as cleaning rags , car wash rags, or as filler for pillows and quilts. I tell you after watching this video I will definitely think twice before buying more clothes I dont NEED!
The funniest part is majority of these clothing items are sold to the third world people for about 50to60% of the original price. For example the H&M sweater that you buy for 10$ and donate later on is sold for 5/6 dollar. What's even more funny is that you get all sorts of crazy sales as well. So at times the percentage can be up to 60-70%. And for all the fancier brands like Nike, Addidas, or Levis, the middle man and even the seller knows these brands because after all it's a globalised world Which means they charge accordingly!
This is why I only buy items made from cotton, wool, linen, silk or tencel. Not only do they breathe while you’re wearing them. But they also biodegrade.
I hate nylon or polyester...I called it plastic clothing. I can’t stand putting it against my skin and it’s so bad for the environment.
I have gone into a habit of giving away whatever old clothes I am replacing with new clothes . So if I buy a new pair of jeans ... I make sure I give at least 2 items of older clothes sway for that pair...
I live in Johannesburg South Africa and see all the "thrift stores" that has clothes from North America and Europe . Most of it is waste but it does help our underprivileged individuals... About the recycling by big brands ... That is marketing propoganda.
Saying that they want it and dont actually need it is plain invalidation. If you dont really need something you cant truly want it therefore youre saying they dont want it either.
What we need is a recycling system for clothes. Clothes are and will always be expressive and always changing. I also dont buy that most people throw away their clothes... Like 99.9% of people know of and donate to goodwill
So sad. They didn't mentioned that all dyes and chemicals are for years and years tested on animals. Animals used for testing are rabbits, monkeys, rats, mice, dogs, piglets. It's the reason(together with workers exploitation) why I am learning minimalist approach to life. It is not actually difficult!
So h&m claims that their products are made to last. I call BS. I bought some nice looking jogging pants and they started pilling inside at the first wash. They look and feel horrible even though I didn't wear them that often which is a pitty because I was very content about how they looked when I bought them and they weren't even that cheap.
I buy used, have not bought new for decades other than underwear and socks. My clothes are WORN OUT when I discard them, usually after cutting them up for rags . . . but there is not a good solution yet for disposal of fabrics. I'm thinking a 3-D printer type application, that re-uses the material after you are recycling. Just feed the worn out garments in, pick your new style and push a button!
I have not been able to afford to buy me new clothes in yrs. none what-so-ever . I wear what people give me .GoodWill stores r trying to catch up with Wal-Mart on their donated clothes prices I can't even afford to go there & I'm an american . I wear what people give me until I wear it out or it dosen't fit anymore .So I tell u what those people could drop off some donated clothes at my house anyday I'd be very appreciative for them .
That’s happened in Australia too. Our thrift stores put up their prices so many people can’t afford to shop there any more. It’s disgusting. They are more about making money than helping disadvantaged people.
This is why you have a basic wardrobe of natural fibers that will last you year after year....and what gets worn out use them to make pillows, piece together blankets or carpets as rugs, and at the very least give them away to the homeless, the disadvantaged, or the poor. I mean come on.....we have become a throw away world. Time to change our thinking and our way of living, or it is our kids and our kids kids who will pay the price. And let me tell you this...the churches are giving away good clothes to the poor. The Baptists especially. Every piece of clothing I have came from the Baptist Church House of Hope. From PJs to jeans to shirts, scarves, socks, and even underwear. Even shoes. They are giving away hundreds of garments every single Monday morning. We need more give aways like that. Once upon a time people valued their clothing. They were expensive and needed to be taken good care of. I had a pair of designer jeans in the 70's that I kept, and wore, right up to the 90's. The problem is that you can go and get a pair of jeans for under twenty bucks. My designer jeans cost over 60 bucks. They were valuable to me cause I had to work hard to afford them.
Cant garments be used (incinerated, for example) in generating energy? If waste produce and other organic but wet/high moisture content items can, there must be a safe and cost-effective way to use dry, mostly organic garments.
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