At last week’s FUNdraiser we did in fact, have lots of fun.
We met new folks, found great pre-loved designer pieces at a fraction of the original cost, and saved items from the waste stream. While we are certain that the Hermes pocketbook, fine cashmere sweaters, Tiffany jewelry, Ferragamo shoes, Stella McCartney jacket, and the Alexander McQueen scarf we spotted won't end up in the garbage, many items in our families’ closets sometimes do.
The Wellesley community is very committed to donating to Cradles to Crayons and other important non profits which is very generous. However, many don't necessarily think about “waste” when we are shopping for clothing. Our community is getting more mindful of reducing the use of plastic bags, straws, etc., and increasing the use of litter-less lunches and water bottles. However, those are not the only disposable items in our daily lives. Let's be real, fast fashion is not a friend to mother nature.
A high amount of energy is expended in factories to churn out these products using a great deal of water, electricity, and natural resources. In addition, the majority of fast fashion is made from synthetic compounds which can take hundreds of years to decompose. This means that the shirt we got for a deal and wore only a few times that is disposed of ends up sitting in landfills and letting off mass amounts of carbon dioxide.
Keep America Beautiful shared some staggering facts recently. Are you sitting?
Stay tuned for more pre-loved fashion FUN!