We need food everyday in order to survive. We also need clothing. But why are people more conscious about the substances they put into their bodies, when what they put on their bodies can be just as harmful?
People need to wake up. What you put on your body can be detrimental to your health if you don’t pay attention to the clothes you buy. For example, chemicals from your shirt’s dye can be harmful to your skin. But the harm doesn’t stop there. The lives of animals are also at risk. And the cheaper the clothes you buy, the more those fashion companies produce to keep up with demand, and the more you pollute the earth. So does that mean sustainable fashion is in our hands?
Yes! Fashion companies can only do so much when it comes to consciously producing their apparel using organic fibers and using less water in the dying process. For instance, Patagonia can do everything to practice sustainable means of production and include the importance of environmental and social responsibility. But what’s the point if people do not buy Patagonia’s apparel and others like it for those reasons?
In the TEDx Talk “You Are What You Wear”, Christina Dean describes how we, as consumers, are greatly responsible for the pollution created by the clothes we throw away. People try to keep up with fast trends by buying cheap clothes, which they chuck after just a few wears. This vicious cycle of purchasing, throwing away, and then continuing to purchase is extremely harmful to the environment. But you can help stop this!
Dean stresses that people need to learn how to build a relationship with their clothes. Love your clothes! Take care of them! Don’t throw a sweater away when the zipper breaks—fix it! These are simple things that any person can do to be fashionable and sustainable at the same time. Do it for the sake of your health. Do it for the sake of the earth’s health.