Nothing to wear? Not the deficiency is the problem, but the abundance
“I have nothing to wear!”, we moan, if we can stand before our wardrobe and once again not decide. Because we have not too little, but too much: what fits what? What I was again particularly well? And where is this T-Shirt remained actually, I’ve never worn?
Sometimes we are also surprised what hides everything in our closets, if we dig in deeper regions: “Yikes, I don’t even know that!”
Each of us needs 118 pieces of clothing?
Stupid question, of course not! But at least since fashion discount stores like H & M and Primark dominate the market, are Clothes cheap and in sizes available – the hurdle to buy, has become low. And the product cycles are getting shorter: constantly there are new (pronounced: Verlockendes). Greenpeace has now determined where that leads: women have on average 118 pieces of clothing, men 73 items-without socks and underwear. A third of Germans has at least twice as many parts in the closet. Oh yes: Almost half of our clothes we wear rarely or never (40 percent).
Because we buy a lot, we need to get rid of too much
And because we buy a lot, we need to get rid of too much. One in eight shorter than a year wearing his shoes, and hardly anyone can still repair his stuff: the half of the Germans never clothing to the tailor brought, about half of those aged 18 to 29 years old has never been at the Schuster. You would rather throw away and buys new.
Fashion is a disposable item
Because it is most convenient, we push aside our guilt and sometimes stuck unloved pieces in the garbage if no just one look. The Greenpeace study says: 83 percent of Germans have never exchanged clothing, or resold, two-thirds have never which awarded. Kirsten Brodde, textile expert from Greenpeace: “fashion is degenerate to the disposable and just as short-lived as plastic bags or disposable utensils.”
Is it really that bad?
We’re wasting resources en masse if we send clothing barely or never worn in the waste incineration plant. And the throw-away mentality is also charged to our health: “Clothing is produced with hundreds of toxic chemicals”, emphasizes Bansal.
So what to do?
- Every day, migrants come from crisis areas to us – often only with the things that they carry in the body. Right now in the winter, warm clothing is essential!
- Unloved things about H & M take (if we ever again look past): delivered clothing is recycled according to own statements. Carpets or cloth can evolve from broken clothes, well-preserved clothes can be recycled back into new clothing.
- Leave clothing in < our site > Oxfam shops: Volunteers of the aid organisation sell the donated items and earn money for their development work.
- Exchange party: fun! Girlfriends invite, open bottles and try on things together. Each brings, what she no longer likes (but maybe another). By the way to discover a good opportunity to try things beyond the ordinary-and a new style.
- More laborious than throw away: the stuff at flea markets or on the net at eBay or dress gyro offer. But hey: for this you get money for it.
- Charities have shops where they sell clothes to low-income or Hartz IV recipients for very little money. Also station missions, Übergangswohnplätze and other social institutions require donations. Contact the facilities or the City Government.
- Upcycling: make something nice out of it who has a knack for it-!
- Buy stuff by Upcycling labels that recycle old materials-this can be as chic, you see when this Upcycling labels.
- On the trend of less have join. Is cool and there is suddenly much more time for other things, if not as much by the shops.
And what not?
- Throw things in the old clothes container: because traders often behind. And in poor countries, our discarded clothing prevents the development of an own textile industry.
- Throw in the garbage: because it’s waste-and environmental pollution.
For the study, which questioned “Institute nuggets” on behalf of Greenpeace 1011 persons between 18 and 69 years to how they deal with fashion.