Slow Fashion Movement
“Slow Fashion is an awareness and approach to fashion which considers the processes and resources required to make clothing, particularly focusing on sustainability. It involves buying better quality garments that will last longer and values fair treatment of people, animals and the planet.”
- Kate Fletcher of the Center for Sustainable Fashion (via goodonyou.com)
Why am I talking about “Slow Fashion” you ask? Well, as part of “cleaning” up Lotus y la Luna’s carbon footprint on the planet, being aware of what the fashion industry is doing is a MAJOR part...or problem for that matter. The production of new clothes and the landfilling of unwanted ones takes a toll on the planet....
Here are some EYE OPENING facts on the issue:
*In 2015 the Fashion Industry was responsible for 92 million tons of waste sent to landfills
*A typical pair of jeans takes 900 gallons of water to make
*A garbage truck’s worth of textiles is discarded EVERY SECOND
*Extending the life of a garment by 9 months reduces energy footprints by 30%
*The Fashion Industry produces 20% of global wastewater and 10% of global carbon emissions- that’s MORE than the amount produced by all International flights
*The global wastewater produced by the fashion industry is being dumped directly into natural bodies of water and tests are showing this is leading to high levels of lead, mercury and arsenic in our bodies of water
*If everyone in the United States chose ONE secondhand clothing item over a new one THIS YEAR, it would save 6 BILLION pounds of carbon emissions
This is why I’m talking about Slow Fashion as a umbrella topic under the whole Eco Friendly Fashion movement people (including myself) are finally starting to wake up to. It’s about first of all knowing where and who made your clothes and their impact on the environment around them; buying higher quality pieces that will last longer and can be worn with a multitude of items already in your wardrobe; the material the item is made out of AND buying already “loved” items that are just being sent to landfills to be burned.
“From top end to small scale designers, the values that make up the Slow Fashion Movement suggests a complete overhaul of consuming and production and consumer behavior.”
This year I’m really focusing on Slow Fashion for Lotus y la Luna because it’s not enough to just have a “clothing boutique”......it’s about the bigger picture and how we can all do our part to save this planet🌎