Wear green this spring
Spring is here and this means it’s time to change our wardrobe. The machinery is in full swing to showcase this season’s trends, more stylish slacks, the latest fabrics, tailored and print garments… The temptation of showing off is enormous, that is why it is important to think before running out to buy new clothes.
The fashion industry is one of the worst polluters in the world. About 10,000 litres of water are required to make a pair of cotton jeans and 2,700 litres to manufacture a cotton t-shirt. Manufacturing requires a vast quantity of energy, materials and generates considerable environmental contamination.
In addition, the social inequalities in the production chains, far from decreasing, are increasing every day.
Between 25 and 60 million people in the world work in clothing production, it is one of the largest manufacturing industries. Its working conditions in many places, reach almost conditions of slavery.
In this regard, many organisations throughout the world such as Ropa Limpia, or the State Coordinator for Fair Trade, among others, are working to improve the lives of workers in the global garment industry.
A programme of activities organised by Fashion Revolution Euskadi from 25 to 30 April, will fill BBK Kuna, the home of SDGs, to promote sustainable, fair, solidarity-based and sensible fashion. Fashion which responds to the urge of showing off beautiful clothes by placing value on respecting the environment and human rights. It only requires a change of mindset. That is why we are proposing a guide with tips to dress sustainably and responsibly this spring. Because if there is a colour that should be more present than ever in our wardrobe it is the colour green; Clean clothes, clothes sustainably produced, and made guaranteeing human rights.
- Reuse. Swap clothes you don’t wear with your family and friends, or purchase and sell them in markets and second-hand stores. You will manage to renew your wardrobe and offer your old clothes a new life.
- Recycle. Use your creativity to turn one garment into another, adapting and changing it…
- Reduce. Make sure you need clothes and that you are really going to wear them before you buy them. If you buy new clothes ensure they are from sustainable brands. Lengthening the wearing and life time of a garment is sustainable. And if you only need it for one occasion…you can think about renting it out.