Perhaps this Liberation Skirt will help making people aware of the devastating social, environmental, and health costs of mass-marketed clothing and the possibilities of creating garments that can actually contribute to the wearer’s health.
Garment’s Carbon Footprint
The garment/fashion industry has one of the largest carbon footprints on the globe. It hugely overexploits natural resources, causes immense pollution during the process from farm to final product people get from the store racks. The production of garments contributes to health problems from massive use of toxic chemicals and pesticides (hugely poisonous and wasteful dyeing processes), waste water releases to the ocean, destruction of ecosystems, exploitation and oppression of farmers and of workers and factory workers/seamstresses and the transportation to warehouses and stores.
Garments and Fair Trade
The garment industry is a large player in human rights and fair trade, international development, fashion’s ecological impacts and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs, a collection of 17 global goals set by the United Nations General Assembly to be achieved by 2030). The manufacturing of garments need to strongly consider environmental protection, responsible production and sustainable consumption. Read Toxic Threads: The Big Fashion Stitch-Up [PDF].
Also this: Clothing is Political:https://www.thegoodtrade.com/features/week-of-outfits-dominique-drakeford-founder-melanin-and-sustainable-style
For all these processes, most garments are not even worn are than once! …
“These days, more than 60% of our wearable fabric fibers are synthetic, derived from fossil fuels, and not designed to last in quality or style. That’s completely unnecessary, and I’d love to challenge that narrative. When I’m in my studio, even though it’s such a small scale, I dream about changing how we consider the way we clothe ourselves, the values we hold as a society, and the opportunities that surround us we haven’t taken the time to explore.” — Mary DiazClick for Source
Garments and Our Health
Our skins are the largest organ of our bodies. When we cover our skin with fabrics that are dyed with toxic chemicals, we slowly allow our skin to absorb these poisons. Click to read about Toxidity in our Clothes. Wearing a garment that is dyed with plants – and specifically medicinal plants – the garment can help heal or keep healthy the wearer (AyurVastra). The fabrics also can be infused with scents – such as those from herbs or fruits and wild plants.