Friday, December 26, 2008

[textile waste] think through what you buy

On Radio 4 You and Yours today, they were covering textile waste and how the throwing out has increased so much in the past five years.

One thing which struck me was the type of clothing we buy. Fashion dictates that we buy complicated items with zips, buckles, and various add ons. That's fine but when it goes out of fashion or the type of consumer who buys such items tires of them, then that poses a problem for recycling.

Taking this to the other extreme, I'll be damned if I'm just going to wear sackcloth to match my new serf status but surely there is a happy medium.


CherryPie said...

I always believe in buying classical styles that stand the test of time.

Gallimaufry said...

Apparently the p[ercentage of textile waste going to landfill has increased from 7% to 30% over the past 5 years because of the increased amounts of cheap man-made fibre wear twice and throwaway stuff being bought. I agree with CherryPie although I have no idea of style, relying instead on comfort and utility and wearing clothes almost until they fall to pieces. Natural fibres are best and most sustainable.

James Higham said...

It's not one of the major issues still but multiply it by the number of people and the shortage of good landfill etc. and it becomes important.