What is sustainable clothing?
|Shwopping at Marks and Spencer, posted by Tahki Yarns on Facebook, July 10, 2012.|
Does this photo make you think of your laundry room, closets and dressers..... all overflowing with the stacks of clothes that all of your family owns? No? Maybe you are one of the lucky ones who can have a small assortment of clothes and feel satisfied. I have heard, numerous time lately, people bragging about their new duds and how inexpensively they were obtained. Now I think to myself, should I go on those rants that I go on and educate the reader about the impact of this clotheshorse habit on our environment and economy? I will spare you the tedium, you can venture forth if you want more info.
Allow me to persuade you to continue to read on, and later I hope you will listen to the On Point interview for further edification. Here goes.....
Some statistics from the interview....
- The average American buys 64 items of clothing annually.
- As individuals, we throw away 68 pounds of clothes away each year.
- If you were born before 1980, you were probably never exposed to quality clothing.
- In 1960, 100% of the clothes we bought were made domestically.
- In the 1980's, 85% was made domestically.
- Now, only 3-5% of clothing is made domestically.
There is a finite quantity of resources on this planet. Why aren't we thinking more critically about our consumption of goods, foods and resources? Why aren't we insisting that stores stock more goods that are American made? Why have we moved away from creating, constructing and collecting things that are hand made?
|Elizabeth Cline's new book.|
In an interview on National Public Radio, author Elizabeth Cline tells us of staggering statistics related to our clothing consumption. In her book, Overdressed, Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion, we are confronted with numbers like the following.
I was given a link to this interview recently and it gives one many things to think about. As a knitter, and in the past a seamstress for me and my kids, I was drawn to hear about the effects of our culture's propensity to buy lots of inexpensive clothing and then brag about it. I was also proud to be a member of the group of people who are thoughtfully choosing which garments they wish to own and then making them by hand. These items will hold up over years of wear and support the yarn and notions industry.
Can you rise to the challenge? Can you decrease the frequency of gorging on cheap fashion and try your best to buy American made? Will you reflect on the footprint made during the production of the clothing you own? Will you consider shopping in vintage and second hand clothing stores? And aren't you eager to learn about the construction of quality clothing that was the norm 60 years ago?
|To listen to the show, click here.|