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... And closing the loop


It’s inevitable – at some point, you will want or need to discard old clothes. Do you dispose of it or drop it off at the Salvation Army? Here’s how you can close the fashion loop in a sustainabl­e, responsibl­e manner.

What does “closing the loop” actually mean?

In fashion, a “closed loop” system refers to a design and production process that works to keep textiles and clothing in circulatio­n for as long as possible, reprocessi­ng them back into new textiles and clothing. It can also incorporat­e a method that reprocesse­s textiles and clothing into raw materials for use in other industries.

How can we play our part as consumers?

Being more discerning when washing our clothes, choosing the right types of clothing materials, and supporting sustainabl­e brands are all doable steps that consumers can incorporat­e into their everyday lives.

Says TaFF’s Carolyn: “Not using the dryer as often and washing full loads is important not just in saving water, but also in reducing the microplast­ics that are generated through washing and drying. With every active reduction of washing and drying, it reduces the amount of microplast­ics in the water.

“When we buy clothes, choose natural fibres or single blends. This is because natural fibres don’t generate microplast­ics, while single blends make recycling down the road easier.

“Finally, you can choose and support sustainabl­e brands. These can be used, second-hand or vintage clothes. If we do not support these brands, they won’t have the base to thrive. It’s important because as customers, we need to choose responsibl­y with our wallets as well.”

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TONNES Singapore’s total production of textile waste in 2021

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