This article about making more sustainable clothing choices points out that by wearing a garment twice as many times as the average before discarding it, the environmental impact is lessened by 49%.

It goes on to say that it's hard to get numbers on what average is, but one survey estimates clothes get worn seven times. Looking at all the factors, I understand it. But thinking about how little 14 wears is, 7 hammers home the frantic pace of it all.

@erinbee that’s… absolutely mind boggling… I mean, just trying to put it into perspective, this means the environmental impact of my current wardrobe is like near zero? I’ve bought maybe 5 new articles of clothing in the past 3 years? I can’t imagine wearing a shirt only 7 times. And that’s just the average…

@shahaan There's so many factors in the environmental impact of clothes, but yeah, the longer you can keep it from the landfill, the better. And you're better off throwing something in the garbage if you think the thrift store can't sell it, because they just bale it up as rags and it ends up shipped to somewhere like Ghana where they can't use it either.

@erinbee @shahaan Oh, that last part is interesting. I tend to wear stuff to disintegration unless it's basically formalwear, but I'd got the message from somewhere [whatever it was, probably a less good source than you're basing this on, tbh] that I should still give those to Goodwill because they'll recycle the fabric.

@eldang @shahaan Most fabric recycling is overseas, and if they have too much it just ends up in the dump. There needs to be more domestic fabric recycling, but for that to be realistic we need more things to do with recycled fabric and more domestic manufacturing.


@erinbee @eldang @shahaan at one point in history paper was made from fabric rather than wood, I say we go back to that

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@balrogboogie @eldang @shahaan A lot of money is plastic now, time for polyester to shine!

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