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 never understood why people literally THROW AWAY clothes. Donate, recycle, reuse, sell. Take an old t-shirt to make a pillow case, baby onsie, quilt piece, doll clothes, etc. Seriously you can recreate your old fibers into something new in your own home.
Not only people wasted money, but they wasted food, wasted water, wasted electricity, now they waste clothing. Take them to thrift stores or second hand stores or non profit charity to help those one in need.
When my son and nephews were smaller I gave them my "hand-down" clothes. Now that they're all older and bigger they give me their clothes. The only new clothing I purchase is socks and underwear. The trick is to purchase better quality clothing that will last because fashion trends and colors ALWAYS come back after a generation!
Why not sort out what that's really not good burn it and give the good ones to clarity how much clothing do one needs some times you never get to wear most of it because you get up on a morning you get ready for work for some of us 6 days a week it could be 7_4 or 8_5 we barley have time to go out but yet still we kept buying we need to help the less fortunate more that is my passion
This was more or less a direct result of the recession. While I think it gave rise to "thrifting" and "secondhand" shops becoming cool again, it also definitely brought fast fashion, Forever 21 garbage to the forefront.
I'm from the Philippines, and I can attest to this. I grew up thrift shopping with my Mom, and I've been told since I was a child, that all of the clothes in the thrift store were actually donations that importers profit out of. Usually, going thrift shopping is cheaper than buying brand new clothes, and you can haggle, too. But I agree with the claim that there are too many useless low-quality clothes that will only get junked. I see them in thrift stores all the time. And these thrift stores pride themselves in selling New items every week, even though their stores are still overflowing with unsold goods.
I was a victim of this, I had a closet FULL of this stuff…. belts, shoes, jeans, pants, skirts.
I tried to commit suicide several times because I just couldn't find myself, despite the abundance of material objects, a good paying job, and Friends.... I was SO EMPTY!
I met a guy who was SO HAPPY, he just showed it, he was around 41 or 42 but looked like if he was in his early 30's... he looked like his life was all going good and working well.
I asked what his secret was as I got to know him better and I entrusted him with my suicidal thoughts and my struggle, surprisingly he went through the same and his saving grace was minimalism.
Consuming and owning less, leads to a more worry free life and a way of living more full of substantial experiencies and happines.
One day fed up when I thought I was gonna lose it, I went through my closet and donated 70% of it, TONS OF CLOTHS sitting there, not wearing them for ages!! Then went to my kitchen, livingroom, guest bedroom, room by room until I was done with my entire house and life, it took me two weeks.
I do not know what happened but it's like something clicked in me, an immense sense of peace, happiness, joy…
People were asking me if I had gotten a make over, suddenly I was losing weight, motivated enough to join a gym, lose weight, eat better, plant my own garden, spend time with loved ones… 180 degree change!
Since I started to planning my life differently, I deleted Facebook, Instagram, no more Kardashians, and Trump updates, and Beyonces.... and more me connected with MYSELF and the people who mattered.
Suddenly within days my depression and suicidal tendencies dissapeared, and those feelings were replaced with joy and a lust for living!
I have to say less is more, I am living proof of it, and I encourage everyone to live this kind of lifestyle, not only you are making yourself happier, but you're helping save our planet!
I don't keep up with fashion, I wear my clothes until they wear out. Having limited money, I can't afford new clothes all the time and gladly welcome good used clothes
Another thing that should be considered is maybe taking some of those old clothes to help the homeless and even take them to shelters, churches, charities, anywhere clothes are needed
It's a good idea to refurbish old clothes and find new uses for them. If you shred them up, you can make stuffing for coats, quilts, pillows and so much more
Question that could save a lot of my shirts: How can I get grease (from Greek Salad Dressing) out of my shirts. I always get oil, grease, salad dressing on my shirts. How can I get it out?
(Also, I need to start wearing a bib)
I've recently became a minimalist. Best thing I've ever done for myself!!!!!!!! There was a point in my life where I went to the mall every. single. day... LITERALLY. Now when I see clothing hauls, or people who have waaayyyy more things than they need, I experience some low key anxiety lol.
These companies who have started this campaign of recycling, protecting the environment are just manipulating consumers. Like what the reporting said they either sell or recycle with what we bring to them (used clothing). Check the grocery bags : they sell for 5 cents per bag, money goes back to their companies. It always benefit these companies.
MoM: tells me to clean closet and get rid of old clothes
Me: noo I can still wear this shirt I wore when I was 12 and so what if this has a whole in the back no one will she it if I wear a cardigan
Mom 2:54 u would’ve found some nice useable clothes from there too
This is embarrassing. I started a small business a year ago and deep down my values kept creeping up and I'm closing up shop. My heart hurts thinking about the wasteland we live in. Sadly, we all have the potential to change it but most never do.
I would like to suggest a swapping area in each common room of college dorms. We did this all the time, even with shampoos and things we didn't like. I'm not going to use this, so out it goes and someone else picks it up by the end of the day. If it's something no one wants, eventually it will go in the trash, but a week is certainly more than enough shelf-life for almost anything to be claimed. This would probably also work well at food pantries. Many people would like to turn their old clothes into cleaning rags but can't afford to buy new. I'm one of those people.
And I will opt for the more durable clothing every time, if it doesn't look right after I've washed it, I'm not going back to that store. I get pretty angry when one of the few things I liked enough to buy this year doesn't make it through the laundry.
Reduce, reuse, and since we can't really recycle someone would do well to start an industrial incinerator for this stuff. Heat and power something big. Take care of the smoke responsibly. We have the technology, now we just have to use it.
The power is in the hands of the western consumers. Not in the hands of politicians, wars, governments or fashion brands.
If we stop buying, they will stop producing. Simple as. And we must not forget the awful effects that fast fashion has on the planet. Of course, there is the controversial issue that a decrease in fast fashion will decrease these jobs in Bangladesh and other countries, which are necessary. But this will shift and adjust and the jobs will become better, just like what would happen with any other social justice movement.
People in the UK, US, Canada, Australia etc need to start shopping at thrift/charity stores, using online second hand apps such as depop, shopping from local and small businesses. And better yet, we need to just stop shopping as much. There’s a lot of scientific evidence linking shopping to a genuine addiction, because of the dopamine release that it brings. Social media, influencers, TV shows also have a lot of power over how young people, in particular, shop.
But, social media can also be used in an amazingly positive way as well - it can be used to let people know about this, which is the first step
this video is a lie our clothes what can not be sold goes to every goodwill that other stores cant sell then goodwill boxes them up as well as shoes and these things are sent over seas even shoes with a small hole its sent over seas for people who doesn't have anything ..
Fashion, food, vehicles, technologies, entertainment are among the main modern needs basically controlled by the 5 % of richest people in this world who would do anything to maintain their richness. I doubt if these people and their munions care even an atom of the crippling environment n inhabitants which and whom are sufferings due to those heartless greediness.
These clothes are not worn out of damaged or dirty they are given away because people are BORED with them ! Clothes should be expensive not cheap ,, I buy only new underclothes, the rest I either make or buy second hand and I always look smart! I have friends who spend all their time shopping and they look like walking piles of fabric ,,
If you want to make sure your unwanted clothes go to the needy take them to the shelters or give the clothes to the poor themselves. It's simple. Also stop buying so much. It's just like food stop eating so much and you will lose weight. Also don't believe a company that promotes anything about their honest business because if they are honest they wouldn't have to promote honesty, you will just see the honesty. Trust should be earned. Simple.
h and m sells it to middle man and give money to UNICEF means that it is donated, who UNICEF help ,people in need ,and those resales make money and those people buy it with little money ,guess what thousands of job and second circulation of economy and everyone on the better side, however i am not a fan of fast fashion ,quality things are rare and have high price these days.
I always bought good quality clothes when on sale. I've found some good stuff at the Salvation Army Store, too. I am still using the clothes I bought for a travel job in 2001.
You don't just dump clothes for frivolous reasons.
I've lost more than 50 pounds over the last 14 years, and quite a lot of big sizes just had to go. You also lose height as you age, and the slim, medium length coat starts to hang loose.
I have had the same three pairs of jeans for over 5 years; I have had FOUR pregnancies in those years and I have wore my jeans with my slouchy sweaters that I love and my dresses during the warmer days. IT IS POSSIBLE. We have a quite large family but we are also a low-waste and vegan family. I have 7 children and all their clothes can fit in a bin, so Can their toys. THERE ARE NO EXCUSES.
Yes green washing and blaming consumers. Fair enough some people buy way to much.
It's the COMPANY'S. Factories are the problem across the board. In many industries, cars, plastic, food etc. The second part of the documentary I knew about this as I used to work for salvation army TRADING COMPANY u.k.
I was powerless to do anything. A lot of charity shops take the donations of clothes etc and resell the good stuff. Then the o.k stuff might get passed around or rotated to other charity shops if there low on donations coming in over the door. Then depending on the charity they sell the rest to the "rag man".
Then the rag man resells the clothes to poorer countries. My advice for someone in the u.k is ask the charity shop what there policy is on were the clothes go after the charity shop might not sell them. I hope this information helps someone.
We each only have one body to dress!! I don't know why people think they need so many clothing items/outfits. I've only bought second-hand/thrifted clothing for about 2 years and I actually haven't bought any clothes in quite a while!!
We live in a large city. They have calls out for the women's/family shelter and the mens mission. Which help families and some are halfway houses. Each have programs for looking for work or housing. But I have some clothes from my college days. I use them until there so thin and start to fall apart. And I do more of my clothes shopping at the local second hand stores because I don't like alot of today's fashions.
I hate going to the stores like Forever 21 or H&M and theres SOO much selection with cheap material it overwhelming for me, now when I pass it all i'll think about how much of those clothes are going to end up in landfill.
Fibers could be used in fill for blankets and warm jackets for poor in third world countries
Encourage quilting as a renewed hobby or granny sport and make quilting batting from recycled fibers at 1/5th the cost of cotton batting
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