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Dora Botta

Reducing textile waste at home

When I first read the headline, ‘Clothing industry is the second largest polluter in the world’ I knew I would have to look into my family’s contribution to that. According to the reports, in the Western world we wear one piece of clothing only seven times before chucking it out. It’s shocking but, thinking about it, I must admit, I was no different years ago. We are consuming textiles at the fastest rate ever – without having an insight of the complicated manufacturing process of apparel market - and are buying clothes cheap, while social media and advertisers constantly deliver the same message – buy new, be new, be happy. Clothing has become just as single-use as coffee cups. The amazing documentary, The True Cost, helped me to have a better understanding of the garment industry and the polluting effect of clothes – it also made me tear up about the human cruelty attached to whole business. So, in light of this, here are some ways we’ve started reducing our textile waste as a family.

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Hello, Fashion has always been a strong form of expression for me; I’ve pored over glossy issues of Vogue from a young age, and get a thrill when the seasons change, and with them, the excuse to spend on new and exciting pieces for my wardrobe. With the rise and ease of shopping online it has become easier and quicker to get my hands on the latest styles, and it’s with a mixture of shame and excitement I go and collect my deliveries from the post room at work. But recently I realised the frequency and level of my spending was getting out of control – ‘I can just send it all back’, I’d foolishly reason with myself. It wasn’t until I read about the environmental impact of the fashion industry that I started to think about the part I was playing myself. Those next day deliveries have to be picked, packed and couriered, using man power and fuel. The bargain £5 tops come at a greater price, too – how can workers possibly be getting paid fairly to make them? And the fabrics surely can’t be ethically-sourced either? Fast fashion is alluring and tempting – it’s a quick and easy way to make us feel good, temporarily, but the damage it’s doing to the environment doesn’t sit well with me. So, I’ve vowed to make a change and to choose more sustainable ways to shop. This month we’ve looked into the issues surrounding fashion, from body image to throwaway culture, and found alternative ways for you to enjoy clothes, whilst being kinder to the planet. Have a great month, Phillipa Editor