In 1985, Americans on average bought 31 items of clothing a year. Today, we buy roughly 60—more than one per week. And when we lug home our haul we’re not shy about making room in the closet: We throw out 78 pounds of textiles per person—five times as much as we did in 1970.
It’s excessive consumption of textile affecting the environment and poor people at large. Why not buy something quality-wise good and use it for long? Should the textile be made more expensive? Or should the designer look for timeless design which makes textile durable in consumer’s mind? Or recycling should be encouraged like in various electronic industries?
- Sustainable Innovation: Reducing Fashion’s Carbon Footprint (junkscience.com)
- IHT Rendezvous: Sustainable Innovation: Reducing Fashion’s Carbon Footprint (rendezvous.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Sustainable textiles (sustainableandfashionable.wordpress.com)
- Textile Waste Criteria (textlnfo.wordpress.com)