... 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.”