We applaud all of you that came up with creative ways to reduce your plastic usage in July. Keep it up!

This month, we thought we would start discussing something many of us don’t think about when it comes to plastic waste reduction (climate change and greenhouse gases too)…FASHION.

All of us, approximately 8 billion people globally, need fabrics. After water and food it is a top necessity but did you know that approximately 64% of our clothes are made from plastics (polyester, acrylic and nylon)?  Plastics are byproducts of fossil fuel and to convert fossil fuel into fabrics, significant amount of greenhouse gases (GHG) are released.

By sharing some facts about plastics in our clothing and best practices, we hope to encourage a discussion that helps reduce our carbon footprints. Feel free to share your ideas at info@sustainablewellesley.com.

One option is to discourage production of new synthetic fabrics by reusing, repurposing and redesigning what we already have and introducing the concept of circular economy in fashion.

Another option is up-cycling — instead of only re-cycling. By mixing old synthetic fabrics with other old fabrics embellishes the new product and creates new markets for beautiful clothing, hand-woven floor mats, bathroom mats, house shoes, ribbons and more.

Luckily, there are fashion designers out  there using their creativity to repurpose the plastics we already have created, instead of sending old clothes to landfills and oceans. Consider buying these types of products instead of brand new items.

For example, leading fashion brands and manufacturers are working to transform the way they produce jeans, tackling waste, pollution, and the use of harmful practices. By doing this, we can create a circular economy and produce sustainable fashion. Learn more about it here and watch the video here.

Finally, don’t forget there is a consignment shop here in Wellesley and many in neighboring towns such as this one in Natick and few in Needham and Newton too where you can find pre-loved fashion and reduce the amount of plastic created. There are many children and men’s consignment shops as well.

We welcome your creative ideas and suggestions. Write to us at info@sustainablewellesley.com.

Big thanks to Enku for inspiring this blog post and bringing this important topic to light with research, as well as Kelly for some good tips!

 

Phyllis Theermann

As the seasons change, your families’ wardrobe may need to as well.

Swing by Shopper’s Corner, located in the Schofield Elementary School, on Wednesday’s from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and the first Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. during the school year to find — and share –gently loved accessories, shoes, and clothes for women, men, and children.

This thrift/consignment shop is open to our entire community and is a great way to share clothes that don’t work for you any more and find new things that do.

Second hand is en vogue these days and is better for the environment than buying new. Think about how all that textile waste.

Ready…more than 80 billion articles of clothing are produced and sold around the world annually. There is a huge consequence of fast fashion, but you don’t have to always be part of it.

Plus, a great portion of the funds go to Schofield’s PTO which supports a variety of initiatives so its a win-win.

 

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www.onesavvymother.com

The new year is underway and you made a resolution to make more mindful decisions. That can happen even when you shop and want to update your wardrobe.

One Savvy Mother –  launched by Wellesley Green Team Leader and resident Lara Crawford – sells a curated collection of eco inspired handbags, jewelry, socks, shawls, belts and more.  One Savvy Mother enables shoppers to update their look with low impact accessories.

One Savvy Mother thoughtfully takes into consideration the artists, materials, sourcing as well as recycling efforts so you don’t have to. Simply enjoy your beautiful fashion accessories.