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Writing: 7 Ways You Can Change the Fashion World!

Today, is Earth Day, a once a year celebration, where everyone talks about sustainability, green, eco products and practices. But why do we only have these conversations once a year - Why isn't it Earth Month or Earth Year - Why aren't we having these conversations more often - Because isn't the livelihood of the Earth at the top of everyone list when it comes to existence? Enough questions already lets get some answers. Please comment below on your feelings about today's story!!

Do we ever stop and think about all the products that we buy, another cheap bathing suit, hat, shoes, dress, jacket, shirt - or when we go to Starbucks and get another plastic/paper cup - or the plastic container from the to-go salad we just throw away after a quick meal. What about all the products we use on our bodies, our faces, our teeth, what happens to all those products once they go down the drain? Not to mention the countless empty bottles. Its may seem like out of sight out of mind right now but will you be singing the same tune when that pile of trash has become your backyard or the water from your facet is so contaminated that you can't shower, drink or bath in it? 

I'm sure your going that won't happen to me - but its happening in other places in the World, so what makes us in the United States think we are excluded, especially when we as a nation contribute so much trash... We are dumping it in our neighboring countries backyards, its just a matter of time when they do the same or we run out of room. 

"As the world hurtles toward its urban future, the amount of municipal solid waste (MSW), one of the most important by-products of an urban lifestyle, is growing even faster than the rate of urbanization. Ten years ago there were 2.9 billion urban residents who generated about 0.64 kg of MSW per person per day (0.68 billion tonnes per year).

This report estimates that today these amounts have increased to about 3 billion residents generating 1.2 kg per person per day (1.3 billion tonnes per year). By 2025 this will likely increase to 4.3 billion urban residents generating about 1.42 kg/capita/day of municipal solid waste (2.2 billion tonnes per year)."

According to Biztech - Africa, 178 countries have agreed to accelerate a ban on the export and dumping of hazardous waste in developing countries.

Can we change the world before its too late... Can the Fashion World change before its too late? Fashion is portrayed as a mystical creator that everyone is trying to obtain, a rabbit hole of glamour, beauty, luxury and endless buying. When your fashionable your sexy, desirable, rebellious, unique, wanted, loved… flowing in beautiful fabrics, your fit, famous, perfect, on top of the world. You’re having fun, life is easy and effortless, endless days spent at the pool, your fabulous, and live in a world of romantic getaways, you have it all. Fashion sells us on the belief that if we are fashionable we can be all these things and it will make us happy! 

Fast Fashion Super Retailer

So are you happy? Does your endless amount of clothes, shoes, handbags, accessories, jewelry... Does it make you happy, is your life perfect, is everyone in the world fulfilled by your endless amount of stuff... Here are some facts about our Fashion World:

Clothing Wasted
  • Americans consume nearly 20 billion garments a year. That’s 68 garments and 7 pairs of shoes per person or more than one piece of clothing purchased per week.
  • Many large clothing chains produce as much as a half a billion garments per year. UNIQLO makes 600,000 items of clothing a year. Zara processes 1 million garments per day. As of 2009, Forever 21 was ordering 100 million garments per year.
  • World fiber production is now 82 million tons, which requires 145 million tons of coal and somewhere between 1.5 trillion and 2 trillion gallons of water to produce.
  • According to the EPA, Americans throw away an average of 10 pounds of clothes per person each year.
  • Throughout the U.S., almost 13 million tons of textile waste are generated annually. Of that, just 15% is recovered for reuse or recycling.
  • Polyester production now exceeds 50 billion pounds a year worldwide and is the dominant fiber. China produces well over half the worldwide output.
  • As of 2011, 99% of footwear at 98% of apparel is made outside of the United States, down from around 50% in 1990.
  • Between 1996 and 2011, more than a half a million American garment industry jobs were lost.
  • Only 20 percent of the clothes we donate are sold in charity thrift shops (There’s simply too much to resell it all!). About half of secondhand clothing is turned into fibers or wiping rags. The rest is shipped overseas as used clothing.

Source: Overdressed


Shannon Whitehead puts Things You Need to Know About Your Clothing into perceptive about why you should care about what's in your closet and what your buying:

  • There are chemicals on your clothes. Carcinogenic = cancer-causing
  • There are 27 to 30 million slaves in the world today. They are literally bound to a life of enslavement with very little hope of getting out. 
  • Big retailers are a big problem by promoting poverty pay, unsafe working environments and malnutrition.
  • Our old clothes (and disposable behavior) are ruining Africa's economy. Goodwill, Salvation Army, and the like, receive more clothing donations than they could ever resell. So what happens to the excess... one-third of all globally donated clothes are sold, the used clothing business is undermining Africa's own textiles and manufacturing industry.
  • It takes decades for your clothing to decompose in a landfill. "Dumping" our unwanted clothing into countries on the other side of the world gives us an unrealistic sense of security that we can continue to consume and throw away at unsustainable rates. 
  • It's not helpless. We all have the ability to change the industry by choosing which companies deserve our dollars.

Source: Urban Times

Clothing being sorted to be shipped off and resold in developing Countries

Burning trash in developing Country

Overwhelming, so your probably wondering how can I make a difference, it all seems like too much to take on. However, if each of us starts small and changes our habits we can see real progress in reducing waste and conspicuous consumption. Here are 7 new habits you can adopt TODAY:

1. Buy Local - just say no to fast fashion, local designers are all over your city or a city near by, you can find them at farmers markets, small boutiques, and online. They are easy to find with just a quick google search. "Local designer ____(your city)"

2. Buy Artisan - pieces of art are made in any part of the world responsibility, these artist create fashionable pieces that support their families and way of life. While also sharing their culture and natural beauty of their homeland.

3. Buy Quality - a well make garment will last the testament of time, everyday wear and wash. If your going to buy an expensive designer garment, get something that will last forever and stand the test of time. These are the types of pieces you hand down to the next generation as a right of passage or tradition. 

4. Buy Classic - pick garments that will never go out of style - yet represent you as an individual and make it your own. 

5. Buy Recycled or Upcycled - up cycled is repurposed materials that don’t have to go through an industrial recycling process. However, recycled materials is still less bad!

6. Buy Vintage or Second Hand- not only does your garment probably have a great story behind it, there is a past energy and nostalgic quality to what your wearing. Furthermore, many vintage clothing wasn't made with the same chemicals or production methods. 

7. Don't Buy at ALL - we have friends or family who also have too much stuff that they want to get rid of themselves. Why not host a clothing exchange with friends, go shopping in a family members closet and invite them to do the same. Trade is not a lost art and there are many retailers who provide trade and sell services where you can trade in your stuff for other merchandise in their store. You don't even have to leave your house with online websites like ThredUp, they ship you a bag to put everything in it and they pay for it to be shipped back! 

Shopping at the Second Hand Thrift Store

Having it ALL doesn't really mean you need to have every physical or tangible item you can dream up, because remember when we leave this planet we can't take it with us so why leave it in waste for others to have to clean up our mess, shouldn't we be the responsible humans and pick up after ourselves so our children and their children can live fuller and healthy lives? Your life is not measured by how much stuff you had it, its measured by the experiences and the impact you had on others! 


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