On January 1st, 2016 I launched a sustainability initiative with a goal of sharing my process of becoming a more sustainable shopper. This page will be my consumer diary of sorts, featuring a running list of the items I purchased, why I purchased them and any information about the sustainability of the brand I purchased items from. I’ll also share information I find about the fashion industry and its effect on this planet and the people on this planet, as well as some of my favorite corporate responsibility initiatives and sustainable brands.
Here are my goals for 2016:
In 2016, I will track each piece of clothing that I buy. I’ll keep a running list of how many items I bought, what stores I purchased them from, where they were made (if that information is available), and why I felt like I needed those items. Hopefully I’ll learn about my own purchasing habits and eventually change the way I look at fashion as a whole. You can stay up to date with this on the Sustainability & Style page.
In 2016, I will buy less clothing. The problem of textile waste in the world is unbelievable; the average American produces 82 pounds of textile waste each year, adding up to 11 million tons of textile waste in the US alone. The first and most important part of the three R’s of sustainability is reduce, and that is just what I plan to do. Next, is reuse.
In 2016, when I need to buy clothes, I’ll look first on clothing resale apps and sites like Poshmark. I’ll also continue sell my clothes when I’m done with them instead of just throwing them out. This puts some moolah in my pocket – and other peoples’ pockets, too – and helps slow down the accumulation of textile waste. I’ll thrift shop, too, because who doesn’t like finding cool vintage stuff and items to repurpose?
In 2016, I will only buy from brands that have a corporate responsibility statement, or have a sustainability promise. Sure, those companies may not be zero waste or may not be transparent about where and how their products are made, but if the company thought enough to create a statement about sustainability or corporate responsibility, that is a good enough start for me (this year, at least).
In 2016, I will continue to learn about sustainability in the fashion industry. I’ll read and research and think and share my journey on T&T with all of you.
(added 2/25) In 2016, I will stop blaming the system and start taking action. Read more about this goal HERE.
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