Textiles are everywhere. They’re something that we taken for granted as a part of daily life, and yet rarely we think about how often they are thrown away. Left to rot in landfills, the earth and it’s communities suffer.
The average American throws away 82 pounds of textiles a year. That includes mattresses, clothing, bedding, and kitchen linens. Of all the items donated to thrift stores, only 15% is resold. That means a whopping 85% gets shipped off to other countries and landfills, discarded and forgotten.
The Delicate Tension project seeks to find creative alternatives to throwing reusable textiles in the trash. Here are some things that you can do:
- Get involved – Make your voice known to the fashion industry. Critique convoluted business practices and demand transparency, fair treatments of workers, and environmentally friendly processes for making textiles and garments.
- Support small businesses – When you shop local and support small businesses, you know that your dollar really makes a difference.
- Think about your trash – There are so many ways to cut down on the footprint we each have on this planet. Find reusable bags and take them to the store. Get metal or glass water bottles rather than plastic ones.
Together, we can straddle the line between conscious consuming and thoughtful reusing. We can strike that perfect balance, living in that delicate tension.