This article about making more sustainable clothing choices points out that by wearing a garment twice as many times as the average before discarding it, the environmental impact is lessened by 49%.
It goes on to say that it's hard to get numbers on what average is, but one survey estimates clothes get worn seven times. Looking at all the factors, I understand it. But thinking about how little 14 wears is, 7 hammers home the frantic pace of it all.
A local sustainable clothing brand I like says "Science suggests people replace understuff every six months. That sounds about right, but we’re not the boss of you." https://thebigfavorite.com/pages/designed-to-disappear
I'm still wearing underpants and undershirts from high school, even 8th grade, and I'm 38 years old. Some of them are finally wearing out, developing holes and rips, and graduating to rags.
@platypus @skyfaller I used to sell underwear, and you really only need to replace them every six months if you're prone to fungal infections and don't regularly clean them with bleach or hot water and an oxygenated cleaner. (And thongs. They need to be hardcore cleaned or disposed of more quickly than other styles.)
@platypus I felt comfortable buying from them because, while one company recycling clothes is a gimmick, here in Philly they are part of a larger circular ecosystem that is developing: https://gridphilly.com/blog-home/2022/1/3/circular-fashion/
It seems that even if The Big Favorite went under, it's likely that other local entities would carry on recycling in meaningful ways.
One place I can see this being really helpful is for those of us recovering from surgery/hormones/body change events where our sizes are changing rapidly. I'm in this situation - I want to avoid contributing to fast fashion but have bought some "throw away" undies in a size I don't expect to need once my body adapts. It's nice seeing there are other options, especially when I can't anticipate what my body will need.
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