If you’re anything like us – our kiddos mean the world to us! Their health and future are top priorities. We care a great deal about the world we are raising them up in to take over after we are gone. In the past few years much of our lives have become very focused on convenience. This has bled into the fashion industry and it even has a name… it’s called “fast fashion”. On average, any 1 piece of clothing lasts just 3.3 years before being discarded.
The apparel industry accounts for 10% of global carbon emissions and remains the second largest industrial polluter, second only to oil.
This shouldn’t be surprising since it’s a $3 trillion global industry. The apparel market in North America tops the world, contributing close to a third of the global total.
Fast fashion provides the marketplace with affordable apparel aimed mostly at young women. Fueling the demand are fashion magazines that help create the desire for new “must-haves” for each season. “Girls especially are insatiable when it comes to fashion. They have to have the latest thing, always. And since it is cheap, you buy more of it. Our closets are full,” says Mayra Diaz, mother of a 10-year-old girl and a buyer in the fashion district of New York City.
Disposable couture appears in shopping mall after shopping mall in America and Europe at prices that make the purchase tempting and the disposal painless.
Yet fast fashion leaves a pollution footprint
- Nearly 70 million barrels of oil are used each year to make the world’s polyester fiber, which is now the most commonly used fiber in our clothing. But it takes more than 200 years to decompose.
- More than 150 billion garments are produced annually, enough to provide 20 new garments to every person on the planet, every year.
- North Americans throw away about 70 lbs of clothing per person every year.
- Fast fashion garments, which we wear less than 5 times and keep for 35 days, produce over 400% more carbon emissions per item per year than garments worn 50 times and kept for a full year.
- Cheap synthetic fibers also emit gasses like N2O, which is 300 times more damaging than CO2.
- Over 70 million trees are logged every year and turned into fabrics like rayon, viscose, modal and lyocell.
- Cotton is the world’s single largest pesticide-consuming crop, using 24% of all insecticides and 11% of all pesticides globally, adversely affecting soil and water.
- Plastic microfibers shed from our synthetic clothing into the water supply account for 85% of the human-made material found along ocean shores, threatening marine wildlife and ending up in our food supply.
- The fashion industry is the second biggest polluter of freshwater resources on the planet.
- A quarter of the chemicals produced in the world are used in textiles.
We are fortunate to have the opportunity to help those in our local communities. After our sale, all items marked 'donate' will be picked up by the Regina YWCA to help women + kids fleeing domestic violence or suffering from homeless. Please consider checking the (insert checkmark) on your tags to donate your items if they're not sold during the sale.