Not just talking about great fashion ideas, she is throwing out some facts that will make you rethink the impact of clothes manufacturing on the environment.
- Fashion production makes up 10% of humanity’s carbon emissions, dries up water sources, and pollutes rivers and streams.
- What’s more, 85% of all textiles go to the dump each year. And washing some types of clothes sends thousands of bits of plastic into the ocean.
- A lot of this clothing ends up in the dump. The equivalent of one garbage truck full of clothes is burned or dumped in a landfill every second.
- Producing polyester releases two to three times more carbon emissions than cotton, and polyester does not break down in the ocean.
It is commonly accepted that we shouldn’t spend more than 5% of your budget per month on clothes. Is your budget more than that? Let’s explore some of the options below.
Swap your clothes with family and friends
Repair your clothes with some simple steps
Get thrifty with options other than box stores
Transform your clothes
Deidre talks about how to upcycle and resell clothes as well. Vintage and unique wear pieces are hot now. One site, depop.com, brings you the ability to customize your clothes and sell them to everyone online. There are others as well that a quick Google search will share with you!