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Conscious Fashion | Fashion Waste&its new cycle
the pad founder, KaiChi attending Westwood premiere x Copenhagen Fashion Week, at Bremen Teater Copenhagen, 19 March 2018.
Have you heard of the most important event in Copenhagen at the moment, CPH:DOX – Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival – this is one of the largest documentary film festivals in the world. Right now taking place in thirty five venues in different corners around the Danish capital during March 15-25, 2018.
Founded in 2003. CPH:DOX presents a program that ranges from the works of major international directors to new talent, from large-scale theatrical releases to film/video works in the field between cinema and visual art. The program goes beyond traditional boundaries between disciplines and media, offering perspectives on creative crossovers between cinema, television and media art.
The best film festival in and
for the world
The core value of CPH:DOX insist on freeing the transformative potential of art and documentary films, that is the potential to have a direct impact on the social context. No matter whether the topic is political, philosophical, experimental or focused on a narrow section of the world, documentary film expands and questions the viewer’s conception of the world.
More than a film festival
During the eleven days of the festival, CPH:DOX also presents concerts, art exhibitions, professional seminars, events and masterclasses. In the hope of creating real social transformation, making sure that the films and the problems they pose stay with the viewers long after they leave the cinema.
#Newsclip, edit by KC, originally from CPH:DOX official website: https://cphdox.dk/en/about-cphdox/about-us/, Copyright @ 2017 CPH:DOX
Fast fashion encourages Britons to bin £12.5bn of wearable clothes annually
Britons throw away £12.5 billion worth of clothing every year, much of it simply sitting in landfill sites, according to new research (2018). And behind that is a whole story of how modern fast fashion creates a throwaway culture in which consumers accumulate fashion items but don’t value them.
UK consumers bin eight items a year on average, each one having an approximate value of £24, which means each person is throwing away £192 worth of fashion items annually.
The survey revealed that 29% of people throw away clothes because they’re stained, even though those stains could be treated. But in an indictment of our low price fast fashion culture, 23% of consumers said they don’t try to remove the stain because the clothes were cheap to buy.
Additionally, 27% bin clothing items because of a hole that was actually easy to sew up.
The research also revealed that Britons spend on average £92 a month on new clothes, but typically wear less than half (46%) of their wardrobe. And a new piece of clothing become old in the eyes of consumers after just 20 washes, which on average means just 50 days.
It is also said that 41% of consumers admitted to never having thought about what happens to their clothes when they throw them out and 37% feel no guilt about throwing clothes away. Only 62% know that they end up in landfill with other rubbish after we have thrown them away.
#Original article by Sandra Halliday, available at: http://uk.fashionnetwork.com/news/Fast-fashion-encourages-Britons-to-bin-12-5bn-of-wearable-clothes-annually-survey,956199.html#.Wq_jnpPwZE4, (accessed 12 March 2018) Copyright @ 2018 FashionNetwork.com. All rights reserved.
No One Wants Your Used Clothes Anymore
A once-virtuous cycle is breaking down. What now?
For decades, the donation bin has offered consumers in rich countries a guilt-free way to unload their old clothing. Now that cycle is breaking down. Fashion trends are accelerating, new clothes are becoming as cheap as used ones, and poor countries are turning their backs on the secondhand trade. Without significant changes in the way that clothes are made and marketed, this could add up to an environmental disaster in the making.
Nobody is more alert to this shift than the roughly 200 businesses devoted to recycling clothes into yarn and blankets in Panipat, India. Located 55 miles north of Delhi, the dusty city of 450,000 has served as the world's largest recycler of woolen garments for at least two decades, becoming a crucial outlet for the $4 billion used-clothing trade.
But what's good for Panipat is bad news for donors and the environment. Panipat couldn't manage the growing flood of used clothing entering the market in search of a second life. Between 2000 and 2015, global clothing production doubled, while the average number of times that a garment was worn before disposal declined by 36 percent. In China, it declined by 70 percent.
The rise of "fast fashion" is thus creating a bleak scenario: The tide of secondhand clothes keeps growing even as the markets to reuse them are disappearing.
In addition, by raising temperatures and intensifying droughts, climate change could substantially reduce cotton yields and thus make garment production less predictable and far more expensive.
The question is what to do about it. Some brands are experimenting with new fibers made from recycled material, which could help. But longer-term, the industry will have to try to refocus consumers on durability and quality or other more sustainable models.
In conclusion, none of these options can replace Panipat and the other mill towns that once transformed rich people's rags into cheap clothes for the poor. But, like it or not, that era is coming to an end. Now the challenge is to stitch together a new set of solutions.
#Original article by Adam Minter, available at: https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2018-01-15/no-one-wants-your-used-clothes-anymore, (accessed 15 Janurary 2018) Copyright @ 2018 Bloomberg LP All rights reserved.