|The NICE Consumer Part 4: Clothing's end-of-life|
|Written by Oceana Lott - Tuesday, 26 June 2012|
“Individuals contribute unwanted garments to second-hand, re-use and recycle schemes, including for recovery or upcycling of fabrics and fibers”. – from the NICE Consumer Framework for Achieving Sustainable Fashion Consumption Through Collaboration
Sara Cox, ambassador for the charity Centrepoint, joined UNIQLO to launch their All Product Recycling Initiative.
Some forward-thinking retailers, like Patagonia, Eileen Fisher, Uniqlo, and Marks and Spencer to name a few, have take-back programs that allow their customers to return brand items to a store location, sometimes for credit on new merchandise. You can also organize a clothing swap among your friends. These can be incredibly fun social events as well as an opportunity to pickup that sweater you’ve been coveting in your girlfriend’s closet. I know of a stylish circle of women that organizes such an event once a year. The women shop while the guys play poker or watch a sporting event, and often there is a bit of crossover.
Despite the controversy surrounding ‘where the clothing actually ends up’, donating your used clothing to Oxfam, Value Village, or Goodwill is still better than putting those items directly into the waste system.
Looptworks upcycled apparel
Upcycling and re-purposing your clothing is a bit trickier but can also generate a unique new piece. Many of you may remember those darling shoulder bags from the early 70’s made entirely from an old pair of jeans. Upcycling is your excuse to get creative and give an old garment an even better life than the one it had previously.
From her home-base in northern California, Oceana travels the world to be in the sustainable fashion conversation. She considered it a great privilege to attend the 2012 Copenhagen Fashion Summit for the unveiling of the UN Global Compact Code of Conduct for ethics and sustainability in the fashion industry. You can follow her on her blog at Oceana's Canvas, on Twitter at OceanasCanvas, Facebook at Oceana's Canvas - Ethical Style.
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