As an individual, it is easy to think that your actions have no power in the grand scheme of the world. However, small actions can start movements by inspiring friends, family, and maybe in the end a larger audience. What I envision is a world with a longer longevity for clothing. My intervention is to start a movement to help prevent the overconsumption of clothes caused by fast fashion. I believe the main reason that people consume clothes so frequently is due to the rapid change in trends. So, what I could do is start a movement with my friend who is an expert at sewing, patching, and designing and offer to transform people’s clothes into something that fits the new trend. All clothing starts from fabric, and with this, something seemingly old-fashioned could turn into something trendy and allow people to enjoy the clothes for much longer. I think this movement is important since I strongly believe that clothes which everyone owns so much should last a longer period than merely a year or two. Even though this movement does not target the core of the societal problem which is the rapid change in trends, it is something I can realistically do to make a change. Also, if this movement reaches a larger audience, it has the potential to become the next “trend.”
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I'm curious about the psychological factors behind the over-consumption in today's society. Because sustainability is a definite trend for the future of the fashion industry.
I agree with your stance and love how you want to start a movement that helps to prevent the overconsumption of clothes due to fast fashion. While I'm not that well-versed on this topic, I wanted to share a connection!
When reading through your post, I immediately thought about luxury brands in the fashion industry. I read somewhere that brands like Chanel tend to burn unsold merchandise at the end of a season. I think this is also a huge problem. Apparently, burning one bag releases around 8kg of carbon emissions! So many women around the world aim to own these luxury bags that cost upwards of $4000 and their regular business to such brands results in the continuous cycle of burning unsold bags and other items.
You point out the core of the problem. Fashion itself is difficult to be defined, so I think this is capitalism in order to benefit and drill the holes of the art world, the so-called fast fashion and trends are often operating behind the scenes to benefit from capitalism, they won't care about waste and extravagance, more won't care about ecological protection, benefits outweigh all their eyes', making money is the most important thing. So, if you want to solve this problem and capitalism to a great extent we do must compete, because the core concept of capitalism: "extravagance" is the opposite to our goal, our promotion will have great difficulty, and beat them really is not a simple thing, perhaps on the education of people may be able to compete with them...
Hi, Ari. I totally agree with the point that we need to bring more audience into this movement and publish to more citizens. Individuals could make a big difference if they are well-engaged.
I love this idea! Honestly, all anything (good or bad) that needs to become a "trend" is a viral Tiktok video. It would be so refreshing to see someone take old clothes and recycle them to make new ones. Recently thrifting became really popular and a lot of the world's youth took to it immediately. Fast fashion needs to be put to rest, and it should be our responsibility to look at where our outfits come from, what materials are they made up of, who made them, and what impact they have on the environment.
Ari that's such a lovely idea! It would absolutely be exciting and interesting to see how my clothes can be transformed into, and at the same time it can help to save money that potentially would be used to buy new clothes and also reduce much much more waste! Love this idea <3
Helping people get more use out of things they already own is a great idea! I really hope this takes off :)
That sounds like a cool idea! I admit that buying new fashion goods was something I did a bit too much, but now I am trying to make a conscious decision to stop and reuse. A couple of weeks ago instead of throwing out an old pair of shoes and getting a new pair, I tried to paint them and reuse them! I was definitely far from professional, but I was also proud that I can make personal changes in my lifestyle that can be meaningful (even if it is just meaningful to only myself).
I completely agree! And what a wonderful idea!
Hey Ari! I really like how you frame it as a new "trend", given that we live in a social-media heavy world, that's a really great way to start traction :)
I agree with you 100%! The impacts of shopping for clothes is definitely not something we think about often so I'm glad you brought this up :)
I think this is a super cool trend that we could start! I have recently started learning how to sew with the hope of altering my older clothes to fit newer trends!
Great post! Reminds of me the "Repair Cafes" that some communities have which focuses on volunteers who offer to repair old items!
wow! i think its such a smart idea to be re-designing and repurposing old fabrics.
Great post and discussion about fast fashion!
Love the idea of extending the life of something in this way! Not only does it make it more unique and "trendy" or fashionable but it's fun, sustainable and is a labor of love (not of factories or underpaid laborers) <3
That's such a brilliant idea! I think starting small, through re-designing and transforming people's clothes into a new trend could potentially lead to people keeping their clothes for a longer period of time. This would reduce the amount of waste in our community and I really hope this does become a new "trend"
I love your proposition about starting a movement with your friend to transform people's clothes!