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  What do you do with your unwanted clothes?
Post Date : 2015-05-26


Ask your current disposal habits when it comes to your worn, unwanted, or out-of-style clothes--do you dispose your unwanted clothes as general waste, give them to friends/family members, donate to charitable organizations such as Salvation Army, sell to others or to used clothing stores?

Consumption and disposal of textiles are on the rise worldwide due to the emergence of "fast fashion" business model among retailers where the turnover for fashion trends and products are rapid. As a result, youths purchase clothes more often to pursue fashion trends (Martin & Bush, 2000) as they discontinue wearing or disposing their out-of-style clothes (Lang, Armstrong & Brannon, 2013).

Thanks to fashion retail labels, the toll that the fashion industry takes on the environment is exacerbated (Birtwistle & Morgan, 2009). As products are priced lower, there is a high demand for cheap fashion products (Ibid). Most reducing, reusing, and recycling efforts are mainly focused on common recyclables such as paper, glass, plastic and metal. In promoting clothes repurposing, i.e. the recycling, and the reusing of unwanted clothes through modification, this self-initiated effort is to promote awareness when handling our unwanted clothes by exploring options of repurposing them before disposal. Started in 2014 as a way to de-stress, it has slowly become a hobby and in the long run, I hope that I can raise awareness about post-consumer textile waste by expanding this hobby to include larger and more important stakeholders. Please contact me if you are interested to collaborate.

References:
Birtwistle, G. & Morgan, L. (2009). An investigation of young fashion consumers' disposal habits. International Journal of Consumer Studies, 33(2), 190-198.|

Lang, C., Armstrong, C. M., & Brannon, L. A. (2013). Drivers of clothing disposal in the US: An exploration of the role of personal attribute and behaviours in frequent disposal. International Journal of Consumer Studies, (6), 706.

Martin C. A., & Bush, A. J. (2000). Do role models influence teenagers' purchase intentions and behavior? Journal of Consumer Marketing, 17(5), 441-454.





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