Writer. St. Louis, MO.
Background: Nonprofit Administration, Fashion Design
Articles By Allix
New York City residents throw out 200,000 tons of clothing, shoes, accessories, and linens every year. So, what happens to the fabric after it’s been saved from the landfill? Due to lack of infrastructure, it can be difficult for clothing designers to recycle their leftover textile scraps. That’s why FABSCRAP arranges pickups to collect textiles from residents, designers, and businesses.
For many of us, clothing donation containers seen in parking lots and around our neighborhoods is nothing new. Most of us know the drill— use the KonMari method on our clothes, find a collection container, and drop off clothes that no longer interest us. But what happens after that? Where do the clothes go? Are they donated, recycled, or none of the above?
The Library “is dedicated to improving ‘sustainability literacy’ in fashion by using a wholistic, human centered approach,” bridging science, human rights and technology with fashion to develop products, resources, and certifications for the industry and consumers.
Some workers were able to escape but not before the fire claimed 146 fatalities. This New York tragedy drew attention to the poor working conditions within the garment industry. Conditions that, by today’s standards, many would characterize as a “sweatshop.”