Right now we’re wrapping up Fashion Revolution week, the week of the year where we acknowledge and honor the 1,138 lives lost and the additional 2,500 injured on April 24th, 2013. These workers were sewing and making our clothes when the building of the Rana Plaza of Bangladesh collapsed. It was the fourth largest industrial disaster in history. And where were you? Do you remember what you thought when you found out the news? Are you just now finding out about it?
This is why there’s a call for a Fashion Revolution. For too long, our clothes have been made by people so far removed from our minds and in conditions that you or I wouldn’t step foot in. To have a real Fashion Revolution, it’s going to take a lot of people like you and me doing some pretty radical things. Take our quiz and see how Fashion Radical you are! Plus, you might get some other ideas.
Give yourself 1 point for each true statement about yourself.
You might be a Fashion Revolutionary if….
Now for your results...
Wow! These clothes look brand new!" "This looks like this has never been worn!" "Are you sure this is used?" These are some of the comments I've gotten about our secondhand clothing collection. It gives me great pride to know that my customers are getting excellent like-new clothing that's actually secondhand, but sadly I can't take all the credit. Because the truth of the matter is that they probably are nearly new, they probably haven't been worn but once or twice.
We as Americans have a nasty habit of buying too many clothes that we don't love, not wearing them, and then tossing them aside.
In addition to the actual clothes making process, this is what makes the apparel industry the second most polluting in the world today.
As a secondhand clothing buyer I've seen a lot of tossed clothing, overwhelming amounts actually. To find the very best stuff, I sort through tens of thousands of textiles that are too worn, torn, stained, and have lost their shape. These pieces are cheaply made and worn and washed too harshly. Some of these pieces are only but a season or two old, while others only a few years. The life of a piece of clothing is getting shorter and shorter. And the results are truly piling up, in our homes, our thrift stores, and our landfills.
There's a lot that you and I can do as consumers. I'm here to present a solution that will save the clothes you already have and love!
Launder your clothes differently. Many of the clothes and textiles that I encounter haven't been worn so harshly, but washed within an inch of their life. While I’m definitely not a laundry guru by any means, I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve.
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