encourage responsible, eco-friendly shopping to reduce the consequences of fast fashion and textile waste?
Textile waste is a growing problem that is often overlooked and forgotten. The amount of waste created through the fashion cycle is massive and will have a very negative impact on the environment in the long run.
Issues surrounding the fashion industry start from the source; large amounts of water is needed to grow the crops required for certain materials like cotton. Mass production for the fast fashion industry and waste from unsold clothing also contribute to this problem. It doesn’t stop there either. As trends change, people get rid of old clothes, and many of these clothes end up in landfills. Even large portions of donated clothing end up in landfills due to the high volume of donations that stores are unable to manage.
There is always talk about recycling your bottles and papers and composting your food waste; however, there isn't nearly as much discussion around what to do with the clothes you no longer need. We have bins for compost, paper, bottles and other waste, but clothes don't belong in any of them. Clothes and textiles are some of the easiest materials to be reused; they can be given to people in need or remade into something new. A lack of awareness around what to do with old clothes, however, means clothes end up in the landfill.
As a cosplayer, I always end up with scrap fabric that I have no idea what to do with. When researching how to properly dispose of these fabrics, because the trash didn't seem like the right option, I discovered that textile waste is a huge issue that has been swept under the rug. Because this issue isn't frequently talked about, and often forgotten in the world of sustainability and recycling, I feel it’s important to find ways to bring more awareness to the issue of textile waste.