Updated: Nov 9, 2020
Let’s face it, we all love to shop. It plays on our hunter gathers instinct. Instead of denying what we love to do, we should look to shift our behavior. Why is it important? The fires we have experienced up and down the west coast will be the norm if we continue consuming at our current pace. You are probably thinking it's only a shirt. What harm could I do? Now imagine if 7.5 billion people thought that way? Only 10% of clothes make it to a donation center the rest goes to landfills for burning. So before you consider buying new, consider these facts below:
The fashion industry emits more carbon than international flights and maritime shipping combined.
Fast fashion is the second largest consumer of the world's water supply and pollutes the ocean with microplastics.
85% of all textiles go to the dump each year! That is enough to fill the Sydney harbor annually. So if you want to say we should leave clothes for the unfortunate there is too many for them to even buy!
Most fast fashion is made with polyester which releases two to three times more carbon emissions than cotton. Polyesters also do not break down in the ocean. So every time you wash that garment more plastic is going into the ocean.
Garment workers are treated poorly and earn barely livable wages.
As a consumer you are in a position to make a significant impact.
Here are some things you can do to influence change:
Less is more.
Before you start buying, ask yourself if you really need it. Decreasing your spend is good for your wallet and the planet.
Extend the life of your current collection. I am sure you found some amazing items and love them. Wear them again. Don’t let marketing tactics make you feel inadequate.
Some of my favorite items I found at thrift stores. There is too much clothes already produced so you can help out by purchasing what's already made. Donation centers cannot keep up with the capacity of clothes donated and most end up in landfills.
I hope you found this informative and inspiring. If you would like to get some second-hand fashion tips follow me on Instagram @diddledee.finds