We are so glad we gathered an interested group of people last Saturday who love fashion but are also concerned about the impact fast fashion has on the environment.
In the beginning, the project officer Lindsey introduced how fast fashion has a negative impact on Climate Change. The data shows 1 kg of cotton is created using an average of 10,000 – 20,000 litres of water. clothing waste makes up for a carbon footprint of 26.2 million in 2016. Clothing has the 4th largest environmental impact after housing, transport and food. That means that fast fashion is not a sustainable way of providing us with everyday clothes.
We were happy to have Wendy from Revolve Recycle to give a speech, talking about clothes recycling and how swapping clothes can work in our daily life.
After talking and fruitful discussions, it was exciting to have a look at our small clothes swap shop during a short break. To estimate our carbon savings, we measured the weight of each item of clothing when giving it away to people for free.
In the end, we gave some tips for caring for clothes properly.
●Don’t wash every time you wear!
●Empty pockets before washing
●Close zips / fasteners to stop snagging
●Laundry / delicates bags
●Hand washing / lay flat to dry
●Avoid tumble drying
●Bio / Green washing liquid
●Wash new items with bright colours separately at first
●Catch possible stains immediately
●Mend small holes before they become large holes
●Mend seams / hemms (wonderweb)
●Sorting snags / pulls in the material as soon as you can
●Reinforce dodgy buttons before you lose them
●Dying worn colours
a. change lengths of sleeves, legs, shirt length
b. let out / take in items
We also showed some examples of clothes upcycling. You can even turn your old useless T-shirt into a light and convenient shopping bag.