Ever wonder what happens to the clothing you discard?
In†the United States†alone,†12.4 million tons of used but usable clothing goes to the landfill each year. Most of this waste is avoidable, with a bit of awareness and effort. Learn how to help the planet without hurting your fashion sense—being an informed consumer is your best way to help the planet.
The information below will help you get started:
The Story of Stuff Movie (2009) by Annie Leonard
A 20-minute animation of the consumerist society, narrated by Anne Leonard, to view online or download. Includes footnoted script, credits, blog, and resources.
Secondhand (Pepe) (2007) by Shell and Bertozzi
A 24 minute film that contrasts the origins of the US ‘rag’ market in the early 1900s with the impacts of the market on Haitian culture today that gives a good introduction to the world of recycled textiles.
For Many, Thrift Shops are a Wardrobe Essential (Apr 26, 2008), Caitlin Kelly. The New York Times. A review of the positive aspects of thrift-store shopping.
Transforming the Textile Industry (May/June2002), William McDonough & Michael Braungart. green@work magazine. A look into what it takes to move the textile industry forward into sustainability.
The Lifecycle of a T-Shirt (March 2010), Britt Hartney, blog at HelloGreenTomorrow.com. A brief but powerful description of the global impact of a single shirt.
Environmental Initiatives (2010), Patagonia Inc. Patagonia has a strong commitment to the principles of Corporate Responsibility (CR) and minimizing footprint.
Sustainable Apparel: Integrating Global Commerce and Increasing Consumer Awareness (2011), Zack Treanor, MBA, Industry Paper, California State University, Chico.
Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (2008, updated February 2010). The United Kingdom Department of the Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs (DEFRA-UK). The UK has made great progress in moving towards sustainability, you can read their plan here.
Well Dressed?†(2006), University of Cambridge Institute for Manufacturing.†The present and future sustainability of clothing and textiles in the United Kingdom.