Although cliché, small changes can have a lasting impact on the environment, by using our garments for more than just a season, it reduces CO2 emissions, water usage and waste output. There are numerous ways to achieve this; with proper care and repairing of the garments we can reduce the need to buy more over time, and by having designers implement innovative approaches during the design process to supporting and improve the wearer’s and cultural attitudes to clothing.
The concept of repairing, has somewhat been lost over time however, some brands and companies have already begun to acknowledge the environmental and social benefits of repairing clothes:
- The Renewal Workshop is a zero-waste company that gives a possibility to recover the value of discarded clothing, so they could be sold again and thus reduce waste in the apparel industry. Since the launch of the renewal system, The Renewal Workshop diverted 20,000 pounds of apparel from landfills, saved 15,000 gallons of gasoline, conserved 100,000,000 gallons of water and saved 60,000 pounds of chemicals.
- Patagonia designs their products with durability and performance in mind. The brand offers product care guidelines to shoppers, ensuring that their purchase lasts as long as possible, as well as handy, eco-friendly stain removing tips. Moreover, the brand has established the Worn Wear program. “The Worn Wear program celebrates the stories we wear, keeps your gear in action longer and provides an easy way to recycle Patagonia garments when they’re beyond repair.”