As time goes by, it is no doubt that our planet needs more and more help. Everything that we think of doing to stop the pollution of our planet must be put into action as soon as possible. As a single person, you usually feel that you cannot make any real change in the world. So that is why I am here to tell you that this type of thinking is totally wrong. When everyone is working together, we all can play a huge role collectively. If you want to reduce the impact on the environment then you should consider donating your used clothes. I will further tell you how donating clothes can help the environment, thereby making you a more environmentally conscious person.
The Issues with Fast Fashion
We should first look at how the fashion industry currently is affecting the environment. As more and more people are entering the middle class, the demand for new clothes is also increasing. The high demand for new clothes drives a faster clothes manufacturing process. Unfortunately, these faster processes usually cause more damage to the environment. This may be caused by factory practices or the materials used in the clothes.
The clothing industry has a bad habit of changing the content of “fashion” to sell more clothing faster. Because many people want to stay fashionable, they buy new clothes too many times and discard the perfect clothes that still have a lot of life. Combined with the fact that many clothing production methods are extremely wasteful and harmful to the environment, this means that consumers need to reduce their demand for new clothing and use existing ones.
No one likes landfills. They are ugly, harmful, and take up too much space in our world. When you throw away your clothes, you have to give them to the eternal landfill to block precious space. Every year, thousands of clothes are discarded and landfilled without good reason. Many items in these clothes are also in a fully usable state.
By donating clothes, you can prevent the landfill from getting bigger and can also prevent usable materials from being thrown into the trash. Many mass-produced garment production lines have fibers inside, and they will not break no matter how much time passes. If these clothing fibers are left in a landfill, they may cause serious damage to the earth.
Lowering Your Carbon Footprint
As mentioned earlier, some fibers in mass-produced garments do not decompose at all. When textiles are placed in landfills, they release two of the most destructive chemicals into our environment: methane and carbon dioxide. Preventing clothing from entering the trash can help as it will not start to decompose and release gases that are harmful to our environment. This also reduces the need for new clothes. Due to reduced demand, textile factories will not produce as many clothes, thereby reducing overall greenhouse gas emissions.
Reduction in Water Consumption
Most people don’t think how much water is consumed for the production of each piece of clothing. In addition to greenhouse gases and soil pollution, the ever-decreasing amount of water on the planet is another cause of concern. The fashion industry consumes a lot of water every year when producing new clothes. For example, people often grow cotton in extremely dry climates, which makes their water demand much higher than average.
By choosing to donate clothes instead of throwing them away, you can avoid the process of overusing fresh water. Reduced demand means that factories will not need so many clothing materials that require large amounts of water. In addition, a lot of water is also contaminated during the dyeing of clothes. So, when the demand for new clothes drops, the amount of dyeing will automatically be reduced, thus saving a lot of water in the process.