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How should I use and throw away my clothes?

One of the main unsustainable parts of fashion and textile industry is the way that we, consumers, use and throw away our clothes.

The system has to change, indeed. New sustainable products and ways should be introduced by designers, brands and fashion corporation. But, as authors and researchers have proved (i.e. Fletcher, 2014; Allwood et al., 2006; Black, 2008) big part of the environmental and social impact is done by consumers.

What we can do, then? Start with changing what we do with our clothes. Here there is an outstanding and punctual list of what we can do. I am literally copying it from:

Goworek, H.; Hiller, A.; Fisher, T.; Cooper, T. et Woodward, S. (2013). “Consumers’ attitudes towards sustainable fashion. Clothing usage and disposal.” In Gardetti, M.A., et Torres A.L. (eds.) (2013). Sustainability in Fashion and Textiles. Sheffield, UK: Greenleaf Publishing. pp. 383

And the idea of sharing this is,  as implied, we consumers can start acting.

“Actions identified as improving sustainability impacts in relation to these areas and introduced to participants were:

Usage:

  • Wash at 30° C (separate clothing)
  • Wash clothes less often
  • Separate out and tumble dry fewer clothes /synthetics)
  • Line dry more often
  • Use launderette
  • Repair more at home
  • Use local tailoring/alterations/repair

Disposal:

  • Keep clothes as long as possible
  • Sell, give away or donate unwanted clothes
  • Put used clothes in recycling bank
  • Reduce amount of clothing disposed
  • Alter or re-use the fabric/garment”

 

Now, time to act. Ciao ciao.

 


References and reading recomendations:

Allwood, J.M; Ellebaek Laursen, S.; Malvido de Rodríguez, C.; et Bocken, N.M.P. (2006). Well dressed? The present and future sustainability of clothing and textiles in the United Kingdom. Cambridge: University of Cambridge Institute for Manufacturing. Available at http://www.ifm.eng.cam.ac.uk/uploads/Resources/Other_Reports/UK_textiles.pdf. [Last accessed on July 4th, 2016]

Black, S. (2008). Eco-Chic The Fashion Paradox. London: Black Dog Publishing.

Fletcher, K. (2014) Sustainable Fashion and Textiles. Design Journeys. (2nd edition). Oxon: Routledge.

Goworek, H.; Hiller, A.; Fisher, T.; Cooper, T. et Woodward, S. (2013). “Consumers’ attitudes towards sustainable fashion. Clothing usage and disposal.” In Gardetti, M.A., et Torres A.L. (eds.) (2013). Sustainability in Fashion and Textiles. Sheffield, UK: Greenleaf Publishing. pp. 383

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