Recycling: The Future in Fashion

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With climate change and global warming leaving lasting negative effects on our earth, being an aware and conscious consumer is more important now than ever. Younger generations are making a vigilant attempt to move in the direction of being more environmentally friendly, and are doing so in many unique ways. Individuals all over the United States, and worldwide, are putting in great effort to reduce their waste. One big way is through fashion.

According to Science Friday’s “How the Fashion Industry is Responding to Climate Change.”, 8% of global carbon emissions come from the fashion industry. This is due to companies quickly producing garments and flying through resources without much thought of how they will affect the environment. It takes a staggering 2700 liters of water to make a single t-shirt and making one pair of jeans produces the same amount of greenhouse gases as driving a car more than 69 miles (“How The Fashion Industry Is Responding To Climate Change.”).

Over the years, big and small fashion companies have been making changes to become more environmentally friendly. As stated in “The Future of Fashion in One Word: Plastics”, Pardes says that companies such as Adidas, Timberland, Everlane, Patagonia, H&M, Girlfriend Collective, and more have all come out with products and even whole lines that feature recycled materials such as water bottles. But, how do you make water bottles into clothing, you ask?

Water bottles are collected, sanitized, chipped, melted, and spun into yarn that can be used to make yoga pants, puffy jackets, and sneakers among other types of clothing. In 2017 alone, Adidas sold over one million pairs of shoes that were made with recycled plastic. (Pardes). Everlane has a denim line that has decreased water pollution from the dye and chemicals, as well as silk shirts made of “clean silk”, free of toxic dyes.

For many companies, these seemingly little (but actually quite big) changes are just the start. And more companies are joining in. After a recent United Nations initiative, 250 major brands pledged to cut single-use plastics from their supply chains and replace them with natural or recycled ones (Pardes).

Companies aren’t the only ones who can make a change! You can too! In recent years, buying vintage clothing has become more and more popular. Millennials and Gen Z’s are adopting secondhand clothing 2.5 times faster than all other ages. All over the country, there are shops where you can buy gently worn or secondhand clothing. And to no surprise, much of those pieces are incredibly cute and fashionable.

Only about 15% of all fabric waste is recycled or reused in the United States, but nearly everything in your closet can be repurposed (“Planet Aid”). Recycling clothing would help tremendously in reducing the forces that contribute to climate change but unfortunately, Americans throw away about 85% of unwanted clothing. The discarded clothing ends up in landfills, where they release greenhouse gases that can severely damage the earth. Not only are harmful gases released, but non-biodegradable fabric can sit in landfills for up to 200 years.

According to “Planet Aid”, by buying secondhand clothing, you are eliminating the need for newly manufactured clothing, which will cut down on environmental damage. So, not only are you getting a great new unique wardrobe for an insanely low price, you’re saving the environment too!

There are many amazing local stores all over that sell secondhand clothing. Pro-Model and Talent Management is partnered with a few awesome thrift shops in the area.

These include:

Gerri's Closet
4195 Massillon Rd.
Uniontown, OH 44685
330.896.8141
gerriscloset.com

Encore Resale Fashions
4125 Cleveland Ave.
NW Canton, OH 44709

Connie's Collections Consignment Boutique
3255 State Rd.
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223

Those of us at PMTM recommend checking these shops out as soon as you can!  Save money, save the environment, and get thrifting!  






References:

“How The Fashion Industry Is Responding To Climate Change.” Science Friday, 20 Sept. 2019, www.sciencefriday.com/segments/doc-climate-and-fashion/.

Pardes, Arielle. “The Future of Fashion in One Word: Plastics.” Wired, Conde Nast, 21 Nov. 2018, www.wired.com/story/plastics-in-fashion-everlane-renew/.

“Planet Aid, Inc.” Planet Aid, Inc., www.planetaid.org/.
Radin, Sara. “21 Young People Tell Us Why They Wore Second-Hand Clothing to the Climate Strike.” Teen Vogue, Teen Vogue, 25 Sept. 2019, www.teenvogue.com/gallery/second-hand-clothing-climate-strike-2019.


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