Earlier this week we featured Melbourne fashion label Chorus as part of our weekly designer profiles feature. Chorus introduced us to their new Monthly Editions business model.
Their new initiative involves releasing one outfit per month that is made to order, with no additional stock produced. This allows for a more sustainable production system, eliminating fashion and textile waste.
Photo credit: Elizabeth Gao
Slow fashion is key to reducing the impact the fashion and textile industry has on polluting the environment. So what is textile waste and what are the facts?
Textile waste is a material that is deemed unusable for its original purpose. Textile waste can include fashion and textile industry waste which is created during clothing production, and consumer waste, created during consumer use and disposal.
10 Fashion & Textile Waste Facts:
- Australians throw $500 Million worth of fashion and textiles in the trash each year.
- Only 15% of the trashed textiles are recovered for reuse or recycling.
- The average Australian throws out 30kg of clothing and textile each year
- The fastest growing house hold waste in Australia is clothing.
- Australians spend $5.1 billion on fashion each year, but...
- A survey of 2,000 women found most clothes are worn just seven times before being thrown out. Fast Fashion is designed to make the consumer feel out of trend as well as social media influencing the throw away culture. People don't want to be seen in the same clothes twice.
- Australian charities report receiving 22 tonnes of clothing waste per day, but they estimate only 10% is of resell quality.
- The Fashion & Textile industry is the SECOND most polluting industry after OIL.
- 1 years worth of textile waste clogs up approximately 126 million cubic yards of landfill space. Decomposing clothing releases methane, a harmful greenhouse gas and a significant contributor to global warming.
- It takes 15-20 years for a pair of leather shoes to decompose and an average cotton t-shirt will take 6-12 months to biodegrade
Don't add to the pile, you have other options:
- DIY - Rework - Upcycle: Take care of your clothes and learn to repair and update them yourself. Amongst all of the other great benefits it is extremely rewarding
- Sell, Sell, Sell: One man's trash is another man's treasure, you can sell on a Facebook buy & sell group, host a market stall or have a garage sale.
- Donate to charity or thrift shop: Giving clothing to a charity extends the life of the clothing. However, make sure the clothes are sellable, and if they're not...go to point 1 again...make them into cleaning cloths or tote bags, use your imagination.
- Buy less, choose well & make it last: Do you remember the day’s when you would put money aside to save for the things you wanted, that pair of shoes, that winter jacket? It was an investment, right? Make sure you have an emotional connection to the item you are buying, don't join the wear it once, throwaway culture.
Can you offer any more advice on how to keep clothing and textiles from hitting landfill, let's hear them!
REFERENCES FOR THIS BLOG POST: