Unfortunately, the Parisian label’s message still applies today. Less than one per cent of discarded garments actually gets recycled; most of it ends up in landfills or incinerators.
Resale platforms like Depop and Vestiaire Collective have been trying to change that, encouraging people to resell their unwanted clothes. Local vintage stores, like Loop Garms, have made a business of finding new (and often young) owners for old clothes. And several brands, ranging from a luxury fashion label like Marine Serre to a sportswear company like ASICS, have ventured into creating entire collections out of textile waste — with convincing results.
With Earth Day around the corner, it’s time to consider what we can do to be part of the change — lest that haunting image of unwanted clothes becomes our legacy. Below, we’ve listed all the eco-friendly ways you can get rid of the wardrobe pieces that no longer serve you.
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