Greetings Gypsy Family,
April is Earth Month which signals the perfect opportunity to start making positive changes that help our planet out in a BIG way!
When we think of pollution, we envision large power plants and raw sewage pumped into our waterways. We often never think of the shirts on our backs, or the amount of clothing that we purchase in just one year. But the overall impact the apparel industry has on our planet is quite ridiculous..
Did you know that "fast fashion" is the 2nd largest polluter in the world, next to Big Oil?
Fashion is a complicated business involving long and varied supply chains of production, sourcing raw materials, textile manufacturing, clothing construction, shipping, retail, use and ultimately the disposal of the garment.
Determining the exact carbon footprint of fashion is an overwhelming challenge due to the immense variety from one garment to the next. A general assessment must take into account not only the obvious pollutants (ex: the pesticides used in cotton farming, the toxic dyes used in manufacturing and the great amount of waste discarded clothing creates) but, also the extravagant amount of natural resources used in farming, harvesting, processing, manufacturing and shipping the garments.
While cotton, especially organic cotton, might seem like a smart choice, it can still take more than 5,000 gallons of water to manufacture just a T-shirt and a pair of jeans. Synthetic, man-made fibers, while not as water-intensive, often have issues with manufacturing pollution and sustainability. And across all textiles, the manufacturing and dyeing of fabrics is chemically intensive.
A current trend in fashion retail is creating an extreme demand for quick and cheap clothing and it is becoming a huge problem. Your clothes continue to impact the environment way after purchase; washing and final disposal when you’re finished with your shirt may cause more harm to the planet than you realize.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans generated 14.3 million tons of textile waste in 2014 and about 85% of clothing and shoes end up in the landfill. The fashion industry is also incredibly resource intensive and has been associated with pollution problems.
That’s why getting a longer life from the clothing we already have is an important step towards more sustainable fashion. About 80% of discarded clothing still has 75% of its life left. Or in other words, we’re only getting about a quarter of the potential use out of most garments.
Let's celebrate Earth Month and learn more about the little things we can all do in our own homes that, collectively, can make a huge difference.
Casa De Gitanas in collaboration with EPAMade is hosting a fun and eco-chic event on April 9th, open to all ladies who want to clean out their closets and sip mimosas next Sunday afternoon - while shopping the closets of 20+ fashionable ladies of all shapes and sizes.
All you need to participate is a reusable bag filled with unwanted clothing, accessories, shoes, beauty products... basically any goodies taking up space in your closet or vanity. We will have a rolling scale of $5-10 for suggested donation that will benefit EPAShop: a positive work community that trains and employs single mothers in order to see hope rise in East Palo Alto.
EPA Made designs and manufactures products that honors a single mothers’ love and courage.
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