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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.
Kia Davis, solo designer of Kikiskinis, took matters into her own hands after being tired of buying swimwear and clothing that did not properly fit her body type. She turned to her father’s closer where she repurposed an old polo shirt into a matching two-piece set.
With hundreds of retailers offering hard to resist deals and discounted items, shopping ethically can become a bit difficult. Here’s a curated list of socially and environmentally-conscious brands having sales, offering great discounts, or giving back to the community this weekend.
“My work is about decolonization; to take the reins back in telling the story of my family and my experiences, and to unapologetically take up the space back from surface level expressions that were created to try and exploit a culture that this society had whitewashed in the first place.”
Christopher RÆBURN is the embodiment of innovative fashion with a moral compass, attracting sustainable fashion advocates worldwide. “It is Mr. Ræburn’s clear vision of clothes that protect man and the planet that make him an original and exceptional designer.”
What does your trash have to do with streetwear? Rising experimental designer Nicole Blue of WastedLA can tell you. “If we can’t convince people to be environmentally-conscious because it’s the right thing to do, maybe we can convince them to support our cause because the things we make are also just really cool.”