Fast fashion is a major contributor to the world's clothing waste problem. Many of us give our old clothes to charity or drop them in a store take-back bin, but you might be surprised to learn most of it is sold and can end up in the landfill.
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I didn't watch this vid - it doesn't apply to me. I'm 27 years old and I still wear clothes from when I was in middle school (the ones that haven't worn away to nothing yet) my "newer" clothes all come from the Craigslist free section. I care so little about clothes that I'm not willing to pay a single dime for them.
I believe this has to do with technology playing a BIG part in our lives. We are constantly being marketed ads for trendy clothes every time we look at our phone. Maybe if we stopped feeling so pressured to fit in and keep up our generation and the next could actually save up for a house and not have to live pay check to pay check..
Yes, it's true those exchanged goods or recycle clothes are send to developing and our market is flooded with second hand clothes. It's cheaper too and many ppl buy it and wore it. It's quite schocking
They need to create a new occupation: a clothing refurbished or whatever. A whole bunch of very creative people who can mix and match different textiles to create something unique new and wearable that can be sold. Unless technology hurried up and improves
why not just donate the clothes to poor countries (NOT SELLL)? isn't that the whole point of thrift stores? helping the poor? people that truly NEED clothes don't have money to buy them no matter how cheap. sounds like they're trying to blame consumers for their own greed
I think a problem they didn't really cover is just taking care of your clothes in the first place. Washing clothes as per their instructions and hanging them to dry keeps them from wearing out as fast. I've had some of my current clothing for over 6 years now because I take good care of it.
I disagree with making companies responsible for items form cradle to grave. Its too much to ask for one but they also shouldn't be responsible because some people will take good care of their things and other won't.
I really like secondhand clothes, but most clothes these days aren't made to last. What are we supposed to do with clothes that we can't wear anymore? And what if we're not in a location where clothes swaps and recycling aren't available? I live in a developing country, btw.
People are always pushing problems off onto the consumers, but it's the companies that are the root of the problem.
IT isn't true about Kenyans not needing used clothes... I shop at Toi Market here in Nairobi (I buy 95% used clothes) and I know many kenyans that love buying used clothes because the locally sold new clothes are complete crap. They don't have a lot of other options. They would rather pay $5 for a pair of good used jeans than $15 for new jeans that will fall apart in a few months.
This documentary is so true 😭😭.. The donation bullcrap trend pulled by fast fashion brands is so much true, they just sell it into cheaper clothing to developing countries, THERE IS NO DONATION HAPPENING IN THE FIRST PLACE.. We are also one of the countries, Philippines, that also have many thrift stores that the clothes are actually from developed countries... People are also looking for quality clothing even at thrift stores and so, yeah, these clothes will be maybe made into rags or just being thrown off if not sold...
I suggest you to watch True Cost; a documentary that changes how I look at fast fashion. I am a minimalist and have been careful with products of cheap labour but that documentary really stops me from simply consuming. Choose the quality over quantity. Save the mother earth.
So many problems with this. A lot of these garments are made of materials that are man made, like nylon, polyester. Putting them into landfill, or burning is bad for the environment. Companies should be banned from producing garments made of materials that are not sustainable. Garments are an investment. They should last you the majority of your life. One alternative is to shop online for garments from small companies that use natural materials.
This series is eye-opening, I cried when I saw all that clothing on the streets of Kenya. Plus, this reminded me of my great-grandmother's wedding dress, which years later was redesigned to be my grandmother's prom dress, the rest of the fabric the seamstress made handkerchiefs for my grandfather. Years later the same dress was redesigned and my mom used it for her wedding. Last week my sister wore the same dress to her academic award ceremony. After grandpa died, the handkerchiefs were given to my dad. (They still look brand new). Perhaps, if more people could reuse and redesign their clothing and hand it down the world and people would feel proud.
The only way to clean up the environment is to make producers take responsibility for any damage they create. Imagine chemical companies that have no responsibility right now being told they have to pay for clean up and you can imagine a clean world. Right now companies like DuPont have free reign on what they destroy. Read "The Ecology of Commerce" and the answers are there, lobbyists rule the world and it needs to stop. If these companies are forced to clean up their damage, they will change the way they do business.
Aside from socks & underwear I can't remember the last clothes I bought. Aside from two formal sets of suits with a few different colored shirts & ties for rare special occasions. A set of nylon coverals for the winter work. I think jeans are my most common gift request to others due to their toughness & insulation. Most of my t-shirts and even jackets have been free. If it hasn't fallen apart or disgusting it's not trash yet. The socks & shoe insoles and work shoes themselves are the ones I wish would last longer. Leather is too vulnerable & tears before the sole could possibly be replaced.
I've been trying to tell my friends for years to buy durable and timeless pieces. It's hard to resist fast fashion when you see people in your life wearing something new everyday, but I'm glad to say I've been converted to minimalist fashion. You only need a few staples and a couple 'pops' to make countless beautiful outfits.
Those textiles can be made into quilts, rugs, blankets. Thrift shops aren't thrift anymore either. They are selling used items for more than the price bought new so I don't even look at them anymore. I think making new household items from the fabrics maybe the answer.
In country like India, secondhand cloaths are big market! In every city, there is a weekend market with these kind of clothes and they are extremely cheap! As sometimes cheap as $0. 20! So Middle and lower class families love to buy!
If people only buy stuff when they really need, things would be a little better I think . I try to buy only when I need something, some years ago I donated lots of clothes to my church and the ones that wasn’t in good conditions I threw out. But I didn’t buy much more clothes since then, and I try to buy items that I can use at any place so I don’t need a shirt for going to church and another one for going to college or whatever . I have 3 jeans pants. I think the things that I have the most are shirts because I use them a lot , but I don’t think it’s more than 20 ( including “exercising” shirts ).
Interesting, they are in nyc where soooo many people are homeless and in need of clothes. On my last trip to the big Apple, a man past me by on the street. Only a light long sleeve shirt, pants and thankfully shoes....in the middle of winter. It was a very chilly day with lots of wind. I wish I would have been able to offer him a coat or something. He looked cold. You would think that with all the clothing donations in the United States more would end up on the backs of people in need.
Where is the video from at 4:31? I am skeptical that shot is from anywhere in North America.
Also, just before that, they mention that many things can't "biodegrade easily" because they are synthetic. Uh, no, they don't BIOdegrade at all. They might breakdown, but its is into microplastics.
Hi very one . I would love to have all these clothes and to be able to send them to my country. There are people that need clothes and shoes immediately. Instead of thrashing them why not give them to the people that they can use and appreciate it . I am wondering if there is an organization that can help my to do that . It is really sad to see the kids have no shoes and they walk on the snow with barefoot and light clothing. We can use those clothes and shoes to bring a smile to those kids and make them happy. Please let me know . Thanks
A lot of people write that thrift shops charge too much for their clothes. But think about it, thrift shop personell need to be paid, as well as paying rent for the building and many other expenses shop owners have. I think the solution to the problem is, STOP BUYING SO MUCH !!! Sew your own clothes, mend clothing, learn to knit, buy local, learn to wash delicate clothing by hand and when you HAVE to buy something new or special, buy clothes that are recycable and durable. Shine your shoes, bring them to a shoemaker for repair. Aw yes and to thrift shop owners, why try to do the right thing but offer your customers a plastic bag ? Encourage them to bring their own bag, even offer a percentage off the total when they bring their own. And also, wouldn't it be nice to have a seamstress/sales person on hand in the store to help with making small alterations ? It would be such fun to shop there.
How about the cloth companies set limited quantity for each new season? Please don't use recycling as your new selling strategy.
And for our part, any one dare not to "updating" our wardrobe more than once a year?
Can anyone send some links or websites who caters unused clothes? I'm from Philippines and we recycled some clothes sometimes we got from our friends and relatives.
We make it as rags, mops, and etc. as long as we can still use those textiles.
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