15.1 million tons is the amount of clothing and other textiles Americans scrapped in 2013 alone. 85% of it ended up in landfills, where it will sit for over 200 years.
In the United States, landfills are the third-largest producer of methane emissions, and our fast fashion (cheap to buy, fast to toss) is building the mound. How do we slow down the damage, and even, stop the process altogether? From a style perspective, ethical stylist Chanel Fu recommends secondhand shopping to beat the system altogether:
“There’s already a lot of stuff out there that’s already made, and already great. It might not have been right for one person, but is perfect for the next. I don’t think new is always best.”
In Landfill or Luxury, Chanel shows us how secondhand is a way to skip landfills and tap into luxury:
Clothes from Wasteland:
“Wasteland is one of my favorite places to go for my wardrobe needs. They have vintage and contemporary designer goods mixed with underground beta brands, which in my opinion can be just as good.”
Ethical jewelry by Soko:
“Soko has won the brass jewelry game with their drool inducing design and advances in social justice. The woman for woman company employs artisan entrepreneurs who are using sustainable and ethically sourced materials, like recycled brass and reclaimed cow horn or bone to create these yummy pieces that complement every getup.”