According to Elizabeth Cline's book the Conscious Closet, 23.8 billion pounds of clothes and shoes are thrown into the garbage each year in the United States alone -- equivalent to about 73 pounds per person. Americans are purchasing fast fashion at a higher rate than ever before, and second hand dealers are overwhelmed.

 

When you drop off your used clothing to various charities, they only sell about 20-25 percent of donated goods -- the rest is sold to textile recyclers or exported overseas. An estimated 70 percent of our soiled, poor quality clothes are sent by the palette to sub-Saharan Africa where the dealers barely make a living wage and clothing waste is ultimately sent to landfills. We are literally passing our consumption waste onto developing nations to rid ourselves of social responsibility. 

So what can we do?

Shop LESS

-Use what you have, make smart long term purchases 

Shop ETHICALLY

-Support brands that are doing good by the environment and paying their garment workers a living wage

Source SECONDHAND

-organize clothing swaps, use hand me downs, shop your local thrift shops

 

 

AND, get creative!

Refashioning

Refashioning

Before

Knit Tank

After

Problem: A homemade latchhooked pillow with sentimental value needed a new backing.

Solution: Reinforce latchhook framework by quilting it down to a piece of muslin. A new velvet backing was created out of a hem length from a previous project.

Before

Anastasia Jumpsuit

After

Problem: A homemade latchhooked pillow with sentimental value needed a new backing.

Solution: Reinforce latchhook framework by quilting it down to a piece of muslin. A new velvet backing was created out of a hem length from a previous project.

Ana Wedding Belt

Problem: A homemade latchhooked pillow with sentimental value needed a new backing.

Solution: Reinforce latchhook framework by quilting it down to a piece of muslin. A new velvet backing was created out of a hem length from a previous project.

After

Process

Avocado Dyed Romper

Problem: A homemade latchhooked pillow with sentimental value needed a new backing.

Solution: Reinforce latchhook framework by quilting it down to a piece of muslin. A new velvet backing was created out of a hem length from a previous project.

Before

After

Before

Ladder Trim Alteration

Problem: A homemade latchhooked pillow with sentimental value needed a new backing.

Solution: Reinforce latchhook framework by quilting it down to a piece of muslin. A new velvet backing was created out of a hem length from a previous project.

After

Mending, Repair, Sewing, Clothing Customization

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