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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So many problems with this. A lot of these garments are made of materials that are man made, like nylon, polyester. Putting them into landfill, or burning is bad for the environment. Companies should be banned from producing garments made of materials that are not sustainable. Garments are an investment. They should last you the majority of your life. One alternative is to shop online for garments from small companies that use natural materials.
This series is eye-opening, I cried when I saw all that clothing on the streets of Kenya. Plus, this reminded me of my great-grandmother's wedding dress, which years later was redesigned to be my grandmother's prom dress, the rest of the fabric the seamstress made handkerchiefs for my grandfather. Years later the same dress was redesigned and my mom used it for her wedding. Last week my sister wore the same dress to her academic award ceremony. After grandpa died, the handkerchiefs were given to my dad. (They still look brand new). Perhaps, if more people could reuse and redesign their clothing and hand it down the world and people would feel proud.
The only way to clean up the environment is to make producers take responsibility for any damage they create. Imagine chemical companies that have no responsibility right now being told they have to pay for clean up and you can imagine a clean world. Right now companies like DuPont have free reign on what they destroy. Read "The Ecology of Commerce" and the answers are there, lobbyists rule the world and it needs to stop. If these companies are forced to clean up their damage, they will change the way they do business.
Aside from socks & underwear I can't remember the last clothes I bought. Aside from two formal sets of suits with a few different colored shirts & ties for rare special occasions. A set of nylon coverals for the winter work. I think jeans are my most common gift request to others due to their toughness & insulation. Most of my t-shirts and even jackets have been free. If it hasn't fallen apart or disgusting it's not trash yet. The socks & shoe insoles and work shoes themselves are the ones I wish would last longer. Leather is too vulnerable & tears before the sole could possibly be replaced.
I've been trying to tell my friends for years to buy durable and timeless pieces. It's hard to resist fast fashion when you see people in your life wearing something new everyday, but I'm glad to say I've been converted to minimalist fashion. You only need a few staples and a couple 'pops' to make countless beautiful outfits.
Those textiles can be made into quilts, rugs, blankets. Thrift shops aren't thrift anymore either. They are selling used items for more than the price bought new so I don't even look at them anymore. I think making new household items from the fabrics maybe the answer.
In country like India, secondhand cloaths are big market! In every city, there is a weekend market with these kind of clothes and they are extremely cheap! As sometimes cheap as $0. 20! So Middle and lower class families love to buy!
If people only buy stuff when they really need, things would be a little better I think . I try to buy only when I need something, some years ago I donated lots of clothes to my church and the ones that wasn’t in good conditions I threw out. But I didn’t buy much more clothes since then, and I try to buy items that I can use at any place so I don’t need a shirt for going to church and another one for going to college or whatever . I have 3 jeans pants. I think the things that I have the most are shirts because I use them a lot , but I don’t think it’s more than 20 ( including “exercising” shirts ).
Interesting, they are in nyc where soooo many people are homeless and in need of clothes. On my last trip to the big Apple, a man past me by on the street. Only a light long sleeve shirt, pants and thankfully shoes....in the middle of winter. It was a very chilly day with lots of wind. I wish I would have been able to offer him a coat or something. He looked cold. You would think that with all the clothing donations in the United States more would end up on the backs of people in need.
Where is the video from at 4:31? I am skeptical that shot is from anywhere in North America.
Also, just before that, they mention that many things can't "biodegrade easily" because they are synthetic. Uh, no, they don't BIOdegrade at all. They might breakdown, but its is into microplastics.
Hi very one . I would love to have all these clothes and to be able to send them to my country. There are people that need clothes and shoes immediately. Instead of thrashing them why not give them to the people that they can use and appreciate it . I am wondering if there is an organization that can help my to do that . It is really sad to see the kids have no shoes and they walk on the snow with barefoot and light clothing. We can use those clothes and shoes to bring a smile to those kids and make them happy. Please let me know . Thanks
A lot of people write that thrift shops charge too much for their clothes. But think about it, thrift shop personell need to be paid, as well as paying rent for the building and many other expenses shop owners have. I think the solution to the problem is, STOP BUYING SO MUCH !!! Sew your own clothes, mend clothing, learn to knit, buy local, learn to wash delicate clothing by hand and when you HAVE to buy something new or special, buy clothes that are recycable and durable. Shine your shoes, bring them to a shoemaker for repair. Aw yes and to thrift shop owners, why try to do the right thing but offer your customers a plastic bag ? Encourage them to bring their own bag, even offer a percentage off the total when they bring their own. And also, wouldn't it be nice to have a seamstress/sales person on hand in the store to help with making small alterations ? It would be such fun to shop there.
How about the cloth companies set limited quantity for each new season? Please don't use recycling as your new selling strategy.
And for our part, any one dare not to "updating" our wardrobe more than once a year?
Can anyone send some links or websites who caters unused clothes? I'm from Philippines and we recycled some clothes sometimes we got from our friends and relatives.
We make it as rags, mops, and etc. as long as we can still use those textiles.
Goodwill must be the worst offender of this. That stuff is Given to them and then they charge an arm and a leg to people. Who that is really just getting by could afford to shop at a goodwill store??? These creeps (management) go thru the good stuff and keep it for themselves and anyone who works there has to pay full price! A friend who used to work there said that a lady came in with a small child who was just starting school and asked for a pair of shoes for the child and they said no and told her they would not give them,she had to pay, no exceptions. The lady left crying and my friend said he quit that same day as he said that was the nail in the coffin that did it for him. Just PURE GREED!
Sell them on Depop or Poshmark or Ebay because some people who are shopping online would get something easier or quicker that way. And you as the seller will make a profit at home or could relax somewhere in LA or your dream city. I think clothing should be resold through the Internet. It is what other people would look forward to. Some people don't like leaving their house and going to a retail store. So, I feel like that would be the better way.
There are so many people in need ... while tons of food and clothes are thrown ... It's not an individual issue, it's a lot more political than anything else... but as long as lobbying exists, it'll be impossible to fix any issue big or small
Fast fashion is a scourge ... bad quality... it makes your children grow with the idea that everything is disposable ... that the new is always better ... it erases the concept of fidelity... it has created a whole materialistic generation ... nothing is enough ... nothing is good for more than a season ...
When you grow attached to your things... it makes you love the old, be nostalgic ... and makes you faithful, loving and caring... what fast fashion (either clothes or electronics) has destroyed.
The Best SOLUTION......WHY dont these places DONATE the clothes to places that don't have anything?????????????????????????????? many countries ALL over the world barely have 1 outfit to wear.......just like kids ALL over the place who don't even own a coat.......this whole thing is ridiculous. sounds like companies don't care about anything but what can make them more money......BUT where does ALL that money go that these places get from selling FREE donated items????????????? it's a sickening cycle of greed......they get FREE donations.....and then they charge crazy prices for USED items.....these stores would sell more, if they weren't being SO greedy.....I've noticed all these major thrift stores are turning prices WAY UP.....to the point, where i don't even shop at them anymore....it sickens me. they aren't even checking items that well.....they resell EVERYTHING....they have some pretty nasty, dirty, stuff with holes....I love thrift shopping, but the greed in these companies has gotten out of hand.....like, you can't buy anything without checking it first.....They have so many workers at every location.....but what are they doing if they aren't sorting out the JUNK ??????????????? it makes no sense.....I went to a dumpster once at a thrift store.....LOTS of perfectly GOOD items thrown away ((shoes that looked NEW))....while the store inside looks DIRTY and full of junk....smells like an old basement. Sounds like ALL these huge company owners need to come out of their mansions and realize the other side of the grass where it isn't so green.....explore their own company and learn what is really happening.....they need to be more aware, and make changes. The world is crumbling, because people just don't care like they should....Take a stand, before you don't have land to stand on anymore.....
When you declutter your closet you clothes should go to three places:
- if they are almost new think about reselling them
- if they are in good shape and you got bored of them, they no longer fit you or fit your style donate them to shelters, be it homeless shelters, abused women shelters or even to groupe homes.
- if they are damaged, or thinned blankets and towels give them to animal shelters.
White people nd chinese people are the one who wasting inu?erable clothes nd showing something else. What a hypocrites. Even the news reporter herself seems herself is yhe one who wasting a lots. What a hypocrisy world.
In my family at least we can say that we give clothes a long life
We are mostly women and different ages so we usually buy good quality and pass them from one to the next in age hahaha, personally I love used clothes, and we can keep an item up to 40 years in the family, believe me a have weared them
To date I haven't buy any clothes for 3 months after sorting the wardrobe.Gave 2 bags to my best friend and 3 bags to old lady who sell them for scrapes. One body to wear clothes only.How many can you wear at one go!!!
Well this is no news to Kenya, most of the middle class population wears mtumba now talking of clothes waste you should see how some of the small towns are littered with unwanted clothes,its no shocker that Nairobi made to the list. On the bright side at least those second hand clothes are cheap and one still ends up looking nice although you'll have to spend hours looking for good clothes.
I have a little sister and she's 10 years youger than me so no hand me downs for her since we live in a small apartment. I instead give them to my cousins and I don't always like those clothes so I hide them in the back of my closet because my mom will get really mad but then she sees the good side of when I grow out of them and give them to my cousins who will appreciate and like them and she feels better.
This is the reason why I decided to create my online thrift store (www.gurlove.com) . Come and take a look, you don't need to spend a fortune to look great, I focus on items that are great quality, and if they need some elbow grease, I take the time to fix it. I'm also working my way to minimalist although I have always been a frugal person.
I mostly buy second hand clothes at El Puche immigrants market in Almeria, Spain from 50c or 2 Euros from the stalls that buy the bales of clothes featured in the video. I just spent 2 months with my camper in Cabo de Gata and shopped there 6 Sundays. Bought some 100 items for the next 2 years.
I buy some amazing top brand clothing that new cost over 50euro a piece.
And yes most of the clothing unsold is burned in a hip at the edge of the market.
The area is a small immigrants ghetto forgotten by the city administration.
For years now I have adopted a minimalist reductionist lifestyle, so I spend about 200E a month, mostly on food, I learned it from the poor in Dominican Republic and in Cabo Verde. I am vegan, 52 but look 35, never been sick, never snoked, drinked, or drugs.
Things to avoid:
having children, marriage or co habitation, employment. They will compromise your integrity, as you will have to accommodate, conform and compromise.
My carbon foot print is about 1/30 of the average European.
Those clothes can be sent to other countries and shelters here! There's plenty of people that need clothes!... If i don't make pillows from tee shirts or make bags from denim jeans....I give my clothes away to various family members... What may seem old to me is new to them that's because I keep the clothes in good condition! :-)Also I'd rather put clothes that I'm giving away in donation boxes around the city where people could just take them instead of having to go buy them! Sometimes outside of a church it's a good place to put them... Or donate them to a church if they have space! There are ALWAYS places to leave bags of clothes or better yet put them on hangers and hang them on fences at different places and put a sign that says free!...I buy my clothes I like to give away free!
Great video! I wish this would be shown in fashion design schools. I do wonder are there any clothing lines that only use materials that are easy to recycle? Products that are made from just cotton, or just wool, just linen?
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