Cloth Swapping: A step towards the sustainable development
If you want to live a fashion-conscious life, buying new clothes is certainly not the only option. Besides, it’s not exactly the kindest thing for our planet earth. As behind every cloth production, there uses countless chemicals, dyes and the like. All of these adversely affect the quality of air, groundwater and also the health of people contributing to its manufacturing. But considering this, we can’t deny the need and want of clothes in our everyday lives, unless you’re living the truly au naturel life. Here comes, the solution of eco-friendly or organic clothing, which is of course better for the environment but comparatively expensive than its substitutes.
Continuing the series then comes to a better option which is consequently cheaper and valuable. That is to say, cloth swapping.
What is cloth swapping?
A cloth swapping is, in simpler terms, a gathering where people meet to exchange accessories, swap clothes, and the like. This is done to get rid of the stuff you don’t wear anymore, but are consequently in a good-for-use situation for others. As a result, you’ll get some new and cool stuff for your wardrobe too.
Nowadays, it is gaining more popularity for many reasons. Firstly, you get together with your kith and kin. Secondly, you could swap things that would otherwise be dumped at your local thrift store.
Halt, please! Before moving ahead let’s then have a look at its statistics.
Statistics of cloth swapping
As per the Waste Reduction Week, Canada:
1. Firstly, every year 9.5 million tons of clothing is sent to landfill in North America. Surprisingly, 95% of it can be REUSED or RECYCLED.
2. Secondly, the Global Textile Industry uses 1 trillion kilowatt-hours of energy every year, that’s equal to 10% of global carbon total emission.
3. Thirdly, on average, people throw away 37 kilograms of textiles yearly.
4. Also, the production of new garments uses 1/3 of the world’s freshwater resources. Likewise, for one t-shirt production, it requires 2,650 liters of water.
Clothing swaps can also save you money. Think of that new little black dress that you certainly want to have in your wardrobe but afraid of billing it. Isn’t it awesome to get the same under a so-called cloth swapping meeting?
At the basics, this practice is subsequently aiding the world because it offers the clothes, one more round of life left in it. Thus, it helps in clean energy and the green revolution. Furthermore, this practice can be used by that activist mind-frame who could bring about significant information in the surrounding.
Think of expanding this procedure far more than a gathering also. You can hand some good books for example “Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion.” It emphasizes on the wear-once-and-dump fashion culture which has a drastic impact on humans as well as environment. Then, comes another good book named “Naked Fashion: The New Sustainable Fashion Revolution” which focuses on the sustainable fashion future.
Moreover, you can also opt for a “charity fee” from the attendees of the cloth swapping meeting. This little charge could help sweatshops and textile workers. Also, if you’re thinking of this, make sure to showcase the Nobel region where everyone’s fee will be donated for the good cause.
Similarly, for the parting gift, you could offer handmade or printed cards concentrating on the importance of cloth swapping, green revolution and recycling, etc. These thank you notes could, therefore, encourage them to participate in such programs more frequently.
By summing these quick tips in your next cloth swapping, you could transform your meetings into a more fun, lively and healthy get-together. Hence, try to spread this message, as doing this, you’re taking your love of fashion- to other heights.
So, good luck and thanks for continuously spreading the word of conscious fashion choices among more and more people.
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