I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the fashion industry and sustainability. Here’s the thing- a brand or producer can have as many fair trade materials as they want. They can ship in brown bags, they can minimize water use, they can tell you how much CO2 was expended in the creation of a garment. They can even offer to take clothing to recycle. But in many cases, recycling is just postponing waste. It’s like giving clothing to a thrift store. You don’t throw it in the trash, but eventually a piece will probably end up in a landfill anyways. It creates an open loop, where no matter how many times something cycles- from a plastic bottle to a sweater to wherever, it ends up as waste.
In order to be truly sustainable, we need to create a closed loop system, where the fabric from a garment can be used over and over to make new garments, without deterioration. I’m not doing a great job of explaining, but this explains it really well. Thoughts? Ideas? I want to keep exploring these ideas and trying to come up with viable solutions, because it’s pretty clear that we have to do something.
I wore this outfit on my birthday, to go out to breakfast at this lovely cafe in Brooklyn Heights called Iris cafe. I felt sufficiently old in it. These shoes are like a superpower- whenever I put them on, I feel incredibly graceful and full of energy. The graceful part is probably due to the slim silhouette, while the energy is due to the invigorating red and power-inducing block heel.