LEARN TO REPAIR YOUR CLOTHES WITH THE MAGIC OF MENDING, PATCHING, OR DARNING!
In the video installation which was a conversation work participants was offered to learn to repair their socks.
Historically, clothing has been something we have held onto for a long time, but with cheap clothing now abundantly available we are beginning to see the things we wear as disposable.
Over the past two decades “fast fashion” has changed consumerism. We as consumers are caught in an absurd circle of micro trends. Think about it!Disposable clothes that stay in a our closets for an average of just five weeks, before being thrown out – all in the name of the democratization of fashion.
The world now consumes about 80 billion new pieces of clothing every year. This is 400% more than the amount we consumed just two decades ago. As new clothing comes into our lives, we also discard it at a shocking pace.These textiles take anywhere from 30 to 200 years to biodegrade.When they do, they release chemicals like formaldehyde, heavy metals, BPA, and PFCs into the environment. So basically you wear it twice and it lives in a landfill with its formaldehyde and BPA buddies for 200 years.
Often the production of fast fashion is outsourced to poor countries; they are enslaved by an addiction to the idea of enrichment. That is when corporations start driving production costs down with volume. Factory workers get enslaved. The garment workers are stuck. They have no other choice unless we break this cycle.Consumers have become addicted to the idea of always faster, ever cheaper fashion, despite the human and environmental cost. The problem is the workers are out of sight and therefor out of mind. It happens far away so we don’t see it. Why do we not treat the lives of garment workers at the same level as they treat the lives of people in the West?
We as consumers need to become more intelligent and take charge– we have to understand the true cost of buying so cheaply and so fast. The solution can be very simple.
Buy less and get more out of each piece.
Buy pieces that will last.
Become an active citizen through your wardrobe.
We should commit to wear each garment a minimum of 30 times.
We need to treat our clothes with love. Ask your self before buying how the Clothes that will sustain our wardrobe for years to come.
Cotton represents nearly half of the total fiber used to make clothing today. More than 90% of that cotton is now genetically modified, using vast amounts of water as well as chemicals. Cotton is mostly grown in monoculture and is a very pesticide-intensive crop. Cotton production is now responsible for 18% of worldwide pesticide use and 25% of total insecticide use. These pesticides are washed out of soils, and pollute rivers and groundwater.The largely untested impacts of these chemicals on both the land and human health are beginning to be questioned by those working in the industry. As our skin is the largest organ, these chemicals are passed into the bloodstream of the people wearing these clothes.
Unsustainable cotton farming, with massive inputs of water and pesticides, has already been responsible for the destruction of large-scale ecosystems such as the Aral Sea in central Asia and the deteriorating health and livelihoods of people living there.
Cotton is the most widespread profitable non-food crop in the world. Its production provides income for more than 250 million people worldwide and employs almost 7% of all labor in developing countries. Approximately half of all textiles are made of cotton.
The global reach of cotton is wide, but current cotton production methods are environmentally unsustainable—ultimately undermining the industry’s ability to maintain future production.
Bringing cotton production in line with even minimally acceptable environmental standards is a challenging task
Being active – an active citizen is what we should all aim for every single day.