Hi everyone! Happy MDW. Recently I’ve been reflecting on all of the amazing and inspirational content creators that I’ve met through my instagram handle. I’m so grateful. Instagram can be detrimental and so addicting but I think there’s been a lot of good that’s come from it during quarantine.
I started chatting with one gal more recently – her name is Lottie and her sustainability blog is incredible! She’s so good at graphics, too. We were brainstorming ways to team up and became inspired thinking about our summer wardrobe.
I think we all know the reason why sustainable fashion has become such a “thing” these last couple of years. The fashion industry is considered to be the second largest polluting industry in the world according to the UN. And when we think about buying new – there’s just so much (negativity) to it from an impact perspective. The resources and water needed for the agriculture of cotton, the toxic dying of garments and wastewater dumping without treatment, the transportation miles to the states. It can be saddening to think about.
The landfill impact, as presumed, is massive. According to ReMake, “80% of discarded textiles are doomed for the landfill or incineration. Only 20% are actually reused or recycled.” Here in the US, we send 21 billion pounds of textile waste to landfills every year. Often times Goodwill & Salvation Army get more donations than they can handle!
When these garments do end up in the landfills, they emit methane which is the WOAT (worst of all time, in my opinion). It’s powerful and potent when it comes to warming our earth.
…but wait? what’s that? A SOLUTION? right now?
It’s here. Accessible and affordable as ever.
“If everyone bought just one used item instead of new this year, we would save almost 6 billion pounds of carbon emissions.” – ThredUP
Here are the links to each instagram handle to follow. You only have to leave a comment tagging a friend on at least one handle.
We’ll also be announcing the winner on Monday, May 25th on Instagram.
SO excited to celebrate second-hand clothing this Memorial Day Weekend. Best of luck to everyone and thank you for participating!