Fashion and the Arts
The Bolingbrook Arts Council’s float is about TRASHION Fashion, to raise awareness that in order to have a more beautiful future, we need to think of ways to reduce and reuse our fashion waste, because the Future Is Now!
Fashion is such a creative and adventurous medium used in art, in which an artist’s imagination can be expressed through textiles and fabrics. However, the textile industry is one of the largest contributors to environmental waste and pollution. If we want to have a more beautiful future, we need to protect our future NOW and change our relationship with our clothing.
The volume of clothing Americans throw away each year has doubled in the last 20 years, from 7 million to 14 million tons
In 2018, 17 million tons of textile waste ended up in landfills, according to data from the Environmental Protection Agency, making up 5.8 percent of the total MSW generation that year
According to the World Resources Institute, it takes 2,700 liters of water to make one cotton shirt.
Textiles can take up to 200+ years to decompose in landfills
84 percent of clothing ends up in landfills or incinerators– that’s 11.2 million TONS
The fashion industry is responsible for 10% of all greenhouse gas emissions
Consumers recycle clothes less than manufacturers– only 15% of consumer-used clothing is recycled, while manufacturers recycle 75%
What can you do?
Sell or donate-If you currently have clothes that you no longer wear, host a garage sale and sell them. Alternatively, you could donate them to a sister, a friend, or even through online groups like Buy Nothing Bolingbrook.