<< Tuned in Tuesday >> Textile Waste in the USA
Did you know that the average American throws away almost 65 pounds of textiles every year? In fact, 11 million tons are discarded every year. (Source: http://www.usagain.com/) Most of the clothing that is thrown in the garbage is because of minor stains or tears that could easily be fixed if taken to a tailor or someone educated on how to maintain clothing. Millennials happen to be the largest offenders when it comes to contributing to textile waste. (Source: Science Daily) This is an issue that I think can actually be solved by our generation. In order to bring attention to this matter (and to score some sweet threads) I recently hosted a clothing swap in honor of the Winter Solstice.
The swap was a massive success! The picture above is above is about 2/3 of what was brought to the garment swap. I couldn't even fit all the clothing in one picture. There were 8 girls who brought their used goods and we had an amazing night. We drank wine and ate appetizers while we all tried on clothes. After the swap I had a massive amount of clothes for donation. I donated a few bags to the local women's shelter. They didn't have space for all the hand-me-downs so I took the rest to the local Goodwill drop-off center. (See first photo) I even happened to be rocking one of my "new" shirts the day I dropped off the clothes for donation. The outfits I received from the swap are all amazing pieces. I couldn't believe some of the items my friends were giving away!
"One man's trash is another man's treasure" is a well-known quote for a reason! The shirt and pants I'm rocking in the picture above are both from the swap. This is one of my favorite outfits that I discovered at the exchange. I am looking forward to hosting another swap in honor of the Spring Equinox. My New Year's Resolution this year is to not purchase anything new besides food and hygienic products. I have a feeling that if I keep hosting these swaps there won't be a need for me to buy any brand-new threads for a long time... Thanks for reading! Feel free to leave any feedback in the comments :) xx Rachael Arias