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April 24, 2019
Fair Fashion Week: What to do?!
We've come to know the complexity of the textile value chain, and I'm not surprised if some of you feel a bit powerless now. If you think you can really change something in this labyrinth of different suppliers, you will soon realize that it is almost impossible to break up the structures. Due to the internationalization of the textile and clothing industry, a political solution is difficult and so remains only the possibility of changing its consumption itself so that it determines the supply. This leads us directly to the most important to-do: enlightenment. The more people question their consumption, they also change the demand and thus determine the supply, which in this case is fair, reasonably produced clothing of decent quality. Therefore, don't be ashamed to share your knowledge about clothing with others and discuss what impact clothes have on the environment and on people. But back to ourselves: We do not just want to preach, we also want to do something ourselves, let's go: If we keep in mind as a basic rule that, in addition to production, the useful life in particular contributes significantly to sustainability, the following options arise:
- Limit consumption: Do I really need that part? - Consumption yes, but then please fair and sustainable! - How long will I take the part? Is the style / cut / color fashionable or timeless? - Can I do it myself? Can I rework / repurpose something? - Is that also needed? Flea market, Ebay, etc. - How about lending? - Swap clothes: exchange with friends and relatives, pass on and organize swapping parties if you are looking for reasons to drink alcohol in the afternoon �
In addition, you should acquire a few basic skills in sewing, this one does not have to be very clever, because a sewing machine actually always just sews straight;) Patches can usually be ironed on, a button is quickly sewn on and even small holes can be made with needle and thread be closed again. At Youtube & Co. all sorts of tricks and gimmicks can be seen and even parents and grandparents still master some magic stuffing skills! You can also look for repair courses, such as my friend Zaki offers here in Hamburg. In the @konfekt_Kunststopferei you learn the 1x1 of the holes-eliminating without tedious artisan atmosphere. These measures may work well for you, but they are barely noticed by the manufacturers. Therefore, you should ask, not only in clothing, just under what conditions the product is made and what is done to ensure that everything goes right. A ready-made answer is a clue to sellers and social media channels that you do not seem to be the only ones asking. Statements like, "I think that's all right" testify rather that the issue of fair, environmentally sound production has not yet arrived where it should go. You should not be too stupid to ask salespeople and community managers for it and kindly point out that you are not satisfied with the information provided. If you feel unwell, your concern will climb the chain of command all by itself. Also easy to find are pre-writen texts for emails or letters to manufacturers to ask for a transparent supply chain.