Threads of Gaia

Threads of Change: Thrifty Threads

Kate JarvisComment

So it seems moving into deep winter has me curling up into hibernation mode and Iโ€™ve forgotten to update my February pledge ๐Ÿ™‰... but here I am... better late than never! ๐Ÿ™Œ

Ive made it to month 12...a whole year of exploring tips n tricks to living-a-little-lighter on our beautiful Mother Earth ๐ŸŒ ... and Iโ€™ve been saving one close to my heart for the long haul. Ive loved textiles & fabrics for so long. And for many years I never gave a second thought to what my clothes were made of, who made my clothes and how they live & work. I had zero awareness of the TRUE costs my purchases carried; human, social & environmental. Ive been championing hemp & organic fabrics for over 6 years in my small creative offerings but im committing here to going deeper, learning more about sustainable textiles and getting real about our consumer patterns and the human & environmental burdens our thirst for fast and disposable fashion is creating.

๐ŸŒ 1 cotton t-shirt uses 2,700 litres of water just in production 

๐ŸŒ The clothing & textile industry is one of the biggest industrial polluters, textile dyeing 2nd largest polluter of clean water after agriculture*.

๐ŸŒ non-biodegradable microfibres are polluting water ways and sea life.

๐ŸŒ industry workers facing continued exploitation & poor working conditions 

๐ŸŒClothing production has doubled from 2000-2014, avg person buying โฌ†๏ธ60% clothing annually and keeping them for half as long as 15 yrs ago โฉ huge amounts of waste.**

There are amazing initiatives (see below) educating us on the urgent need to make clothing more sustainable and urging us to understand the true value of clothing. Here are some of the ways Iโ€™m hoping to make a difference... 

๐Ÿ’š make do & mend

๐Ÿ’š thrift shops & charity shops

๐Ÿ’šmaking my own clothes from remnants

๐Ÿ’špledging to buy nothing โ€˜newโ€™ for 6 months! (Although have bought 2 new pairs of winter tights last month ๐Ÿ™ˆ)

I do feel like Iโ€™m cheating a little as I have a box of beautiful remnants and  lots of delicious hemp fabric to โ€˜make my ownโ€™ from... but this is the push I need to get me inspired to repair, thrift shop, restyle existing clothes & making my clothes from existing materials. Im so excited to see what unfolds over the coming months ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ™. Kate x

www.fashionrevolution.org

www.loveyourclothes.org.uk

Fashion Takes Action 

* The independent **greenpeace