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A while ago, we joined fashion revolution activities, where we learned many brands that cared on social issues. Such as grannie kiddie from Hong Kong selling second-hand vintage dresses, advocating cherishing clothes, and letting the dresses in granny’s closet get a second chance to be reborn and loved, hoping their fans can be grannie style every day, to anti-fast fashion. In addition, there was EDEN+ELIE from Singapore, who hired 10 autistic craftsmen to hand-string 2mm mini glass beads to complete each unique jewelry, fully implement the company social responsibility which is fascinating. There was also Story Wear from Taiwan, which employed a second career seamstress and used recycled denim pants to redesign into new products. Each product had its own ID showed who made it, the source of raw materials, and the needed hours of making. Of course, there are more fascinating brands, and we will slowly explore and share them in the future.
The main axis of the whole fashion revolutionary activity was to nicely treat the things we have, to use, to cherish, to wear it for a long time, until it could no longer be worn, we could also think of ways to create its second life, and then continued to use it until it really coulld no longer serve. For example, we all have a lot of jeans, when we no longer wear it, it may change the look to become a backpack, coaster, or like rin-0 sewing many pieces of eliminated jeans into a unique working apron. Such a transformation can not only continue the life cycle of the good, but also allow you to differentiate from others.
Some things cost more than you realize
On the other hand, what happens in real life is often the opposite. When we spend some money to buy a fast-fashioned dress or accessory, we don’t really need it, we buy it just because it is cheap, so it creates our desires to have it. We may never wear it after we bought it, and we might recycle or dump it after keeping it for a while in the closet. This may not cost us too much to own it, but it makes the earth paying a lot to produce and digest. Some things cost more than you realise; many things should not be measured by price, because in the industrial mass production era, we pay less than the price behind the invisible cost. A price of $39 is very cheap, so we may buy it without much thinking, we thought that one day we would use it, but this day has never came, this equals to us spending $39 creating a piece of garbage that might take decades or hundreds years to destroy or vanish. It is an example of "cost more than realize".
Spend more money, buy less clothes
This fashion revolutionary activity gave us some inspiration to "spend more money, buy less clothes". When we face with a T-shirt of $150 and $800, we may have to consider many aspects before deciding which one to buy; consider whether it is 100% pure cotton? Is it organic cotton? Is the dyeing process legal? Is it involved in the process by illegal workers or child labor? Does it come from a company that values social responsibility? The most important thing is - do we really need to buy an extra T-shirt? When we all think clearly, we may decide to "spend more money and buy less clothes", but once we decide what to buy, we should cherish and fully use it.
Recently, we participated in the sustainable fashion forum and then learned a lot about the fashion industry, we were greatly surprised that the textile industry is a high-tech industry, and that Taiwan’s textile industry is one of the best in the world. Through participating in forum, we learned that each piece of clothing is produced through the following processes: design, material selection, production, consumption, and elimination cycles; and an very important part is on "material selection" of a clothing design. If the designer chooses a non-environmentally friendly fabric without fully understanding the characteristics of the material, it will easily increase the burden on the earth. Therefore, under the concept of circular design, material selection is really a very important part. And we have learned that the best choice of purchasing clothes should be 100% pure cotton or pure linen as the preferred choice for the earth. Our wardrobe configuration should also be 90-95% pure cotton or pure linen, and the remaining 5-10% is a mixed material for sports purposes, to meet moisture wicking fabric, waterproof, expansion and contraction purpose (because the mixed material is the most difficult material to be decomposed and then re-used again in the final elimination phase of the garment, and its end is often directly incinerated).
In fact, I often tempted by a dazzling array of goods, and often buy clothes that I don't need only because it is just on sale. With so many clothes piled up in the closet, I often wear the 10% clothes in the closet, the other 90% are always waiting for the right time to wear it, but the right time never came, or I only wear it once when attending a friend's wedding banquet, and then I donate it to the clothes recycling center. But now that I have decided to "spend more money and buy less clothes", I will repeatedly ask myself whether I really need it or just want to buy it. If I really need it, I will choose pure cotton or pure linen clothing, changing the world with consumption. In the future, if it is for the banquet, the I will simply rent clothes, such as AMAZE fast-renting fashion.
Article sharing：CommonWealth Magazine<Turning Ocean Waste into Footwear - Taiwan Makes it Possible>
Finally, share an inspiring article that was shared on the mittag’s FB page and caused lots feedbacks! Taiwan, you are so great! I love Taiwan!
"Eager to find new approaches to reducing ocean waste, the non-governmental environmentalist group Parley for the Ocean joined hands with sports shoe brand Adidas to turn a prototype shoe made from ocean plastic into a consumer product. Adidas, in turn, enlisted the expertise of Taiwanese textile manufacturer Far Eastern New Century Corporation (FENC) to upcycle the plastic waste into a practical footwear material.”
#Change the world with consumption
#Parley for the Ocean
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