Many people with awareness about caring for the planet are reflecting on the consumption of clothing and its impact on the environment.
How long do you think it takes for clothes to degrade?
It is estimated that one to six weeks can take a shirt to degrade. A denim jacket, 10 to 12 months. While lycra garments, from 20 to 200 years. But, the polyester that can take more than two centuries to degrade.
Being fashionable went out of style
Although it may not seem like it, the textile industry is the second most polluting after oil.
With these warnings, many people are reflecting on their consumption of clothing and looking for new alternatives from buying second-hand clothes, through recycling, to purchasing exclusively necessary clothes.
Economy, sustainability or lifestyle are the motivations of some people who seek to prevent clothing from continuing to contaminate.
Clothes were the same
Looking for clothes from a couple of decades ago in American fairs can be an option, since the quality of these clothes is much better than that of new clothes and therefore will have a longer useful life.
Swapping clothes on social media or "barter" fairs is also an option.
Especially boys' clothes that are almost new are great to swap out as they get older.
If clothes are cared for, about ten children can wear a garment before it looks worn.
Repair and recycle
Another option is to repair the clothes until you can no longer. Or, if you are already bored of it, recycle it into new clothes to continue using it.
73% of clothing, worldwide, ends up in landfills
73% of clothing, worldwide, ends up in landfills. And the amount of water they use: more than 2,000 liters to produce a cotton shirt! The waste that is generated by clothes that are perfect have no meaning.
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