The fashion industry generates an enormous amount of waste, partially due to bad practices and partially due to the high demand for new items from consumers. As fashion trends change, bodies grow, and seasons change, consumers buy new clothing, often throwing away their old items of clothing in the process. Though feeling good in what you wear is no crime, the constant replacement of old clothing with new items does place serious strain on the environment.
Rather than purchasing new clothes and tossing your old ones, consider purchasing used clothes from consignment and thrift stores. Much of the clothing you can find in these stores is in perfect condition and costs a fraction of the price of buying new. Best of all, buying clothes from consignment stores reduces the demand for new clothes, and helps combat fashion industry waste.
Did you know…
- 1,800 gallons of water are used to manufacture a single pair of blue jeans
- The average American throws away 82 pounds of textiles every year
- While you can recycle rather than consign, only about 0.1% of all fiber textiles are recycled and made into new textiles