The Cost of Clothing
Did you know that the clothing you are wearing right now could be of one of the greatest sources of pollution on the planet? Not to mention the fact that clothing we wear can also be responsible for dangerous work situations for millions of people and even child workers?
No. That’s the problem. In the Western world we don’t think too much about where our clothing really comes from, or the harm that manufacturing that clothing may be causing to other humans and the environment, but it is. Clothing is actually the second biggest polluter of the planet next to oil. Americans alone throw away over 14 million tonnes of clothing every year and the majority of that goes to incinerators and landfills. What a waste!
Most of the clothing we wear in the Western world is made in China, India, Bangladesh and other parts of Asia. Some of the people who work in these clothing manufacturing companies do so in horrible conditions. Long hours, no breaks, sometimes subjected to physical abuse these workers are under pressure from their managers to produce huge quantities of garments to quench the Western worlds demand for low cost fashion. Often these countries employ children that shouldn’t be working and they will never get chance of going to school and gaining an education.
Can you imagine having to work long days without air conditioning, being treated very poorly instead of going to school? Some children are not so lucky and live and work in appalling conditions, and we don’t even realise that what we wear is contributing to this.
These facts inspired us to source clothing for a photoshoot with second hand clothing from thrift and charity stores. All the clothing you see on our Western wear inspired photoshoot, modelled by Tess, was purchased from second hand clothing store – The White Dove in Scottsdale, Arizona. You can buy some really cute outfits and even score designer brands in thrift stores! Buying second hand clothing is a great way to help the environment and give some money to charities that support great causes. Buying fair trade clothing also helps support companies who treat, and pay, their workers properly, and second hand clothing also helps reduce the stress on the environment.
So, the next time you decide you need some new clothes, why not think about where that item of clothing may have come from and check out a local second hand store instead?
By Miss Erika
More Than Modeling
Erika is an experienced international model from the UK, who has lived and worked as a model on 4 continents and over 30 countries. A former high school Science teacher with a Master’s Degree in Education, Erika now lives in the Arizona, USA, after obtaining her USA green card for her ‘extraordinary ability career’ as a model. She is the owner of More Than Modeling – a modeling school and kids model camp based in Scottsdale, Arizona.
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