A month to reflect on your consumption habits.
We wanted to join the movement Second Hand September by Oxfam.
Giving clothes a longer life can contribute enormously to environmental impact reduction in the textile industry. Let’s opt-out of buying new and embrace all things thrifted this September.
Whilst clothing sales keep increasing, clothing utilisation periods keep decreasing.
This provokes a huge amount of waste in the fashion system. One garbage truck of textiles gets landfilled or burned every single second. When these products end up in landfills or incinerators, the burned or landfilled materials pollute the air enormously.
We need to find solutions.
Clothing reuse is considered one of the most sustainable ways of consuming fashion and research has proved the environmental benefits that clothing reuse can bring. It has been proved that the reduction of impacts resulting from collecting 100 garments for reuse range from 14% decrease of global warming for a cotton T-shirt to 45% reduction of human toxicity for polyester/cotton trousers.
Moreover, buying second-hand is a reuse mechanism and can therefore contribute to:
– Avoid the generation of textile waste, hence, greenhouse gas emissions harmful for the planet produced during waste-management strategies such as landfilling and incineration.
– Avoid the environmental and social impact produced in the stages prior to the retail stage (from material extraction to distribution), which is where the highest environmental impact of the fashion supply-chain is accumulated. According to a research paper assessing the environmental impact of six garments, using an LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) Methodology has demonstrated that the highest carbon footprint is produced from the fiber production to the confectioning stage. By avoiding the production of the new, these emissions can be evaded.
Let’s pursue alternatives to the current system, let’s join the circular movement. Although, we really believe that being conscious when purchasing shouldn’t only be for one month.
Here are some tips to be more sustainable when buying or using clothes:
- Relove your own wardrobe: take care of the products you have, wear what you stopped wearing, relove your garments.
- Buy from sustainable brands: if you buy, buy well. Make sure the brands you buy from cover sustainable standards.
- Ask where your garments come from, demand transparency to the brands that produce your clothes. Care for the life of your product beyond the buying stage. Ask #whomademyclothes.
- Repair your clothes: move away from the idea that something broken can’t be used. Repair it, and thereafter, use it again as if it was new. If you don’t like how it looks, repurpose it.
At Dcycle we believe in the importance of consuming fashion sustainably. Want to know more about how we help the textile sector reach its sustainability goals? Read this article.