Throwing your old clothes away whenever you get tired of them is no longer an option. Especially now that we can find a long list of initiatives created to give us interesting alternatives to renew our wardrobe without having to enlarge the waste cycle or pulluting the environment any further. Would you like to have an example?
Last Saturday, June 13, we attended the clothes swap party organised by Greenpeace Düsseldorf in the framework of their global DETOX campaign. The approach of the event was that you could bring in some of those clothes you haven’t been wearing that much lately, and in exchange you could take home as many other t-shirts, trousers, dresses, shoes or complements as you wanted. Of course, the first premise was not a must. If you were just stepping by spontaneously you could still pick something up for free!
Once there we had the opportunity to sit down for a nice talk with Rebecca Häfner, one of the members of the local Greenpeace group. Rebecca gave us more detailed information about the DETOX campaign, whose aim is to persuade some of the world’s most popular clothing brands to eliminate all releases of hazardous chemicals by 2020. Here is an interesting extract from their website:
“As the global textile industry continues to increase production, ever-greater quantities of liquid waste products are finding their way into our environment, poisoning precious freshwater resources. In China, the world’s largest textile producer, some two-thirds of freshwater resources are already contaminated with hazardous chemicals. The textile industry is one of the main sources of this pollution.”
Rebecca also gave us some tips to work on a more sustainable wardrobe. First off, it’s important to decide conciously about your shopping. This means you need to ask yourself the question of whether you really need what you are about to buy – and whether you are 100% sure you are going to use it! Secondly, consider fair fashion brands and second-hand shops. And finally… Have you ever thought about upcycling? If you don’t like one of your dresses anymore you can always try to turn it into somethig else – a t-shirt, for instance.
And last but not least… an additional afternoon highlight was the time we spent painting gunny bags. Remember how important it is to bring one of them with you to the supermarket so that you don’t need to ask for a plastic bag. We love the designs!
PHOTOS BY: ROSSANA Photography