A larger and more in depth Made in the USA post is overdue – the great thing is that I’ve found SO many insightful articles that I thought I could share with you all that are highly relevant in learning more about shopping responsibly and sustainably.
Model Kyleigh Kühn decided on the eve of her birthday she would mostly only wear vintage clothing (or clothes she already owned) for 87 days for several good reasons. She restates how our fast fashion appetites aren’t sustainable and hurting mother earth. But she also makes a great poing that in dressing vintage, she cultivated a unique look in which you don’t worry about wearing the same things as everyone else (which happens when everyone is shopping at the same places and buying the same things!) I like how she says “After all, Mama Earth suffers whether our new tags say Prada or H&M.”
Many people think that when they donate clothes to a thrift shop, it goes directly to a selling floor where someone else can buy it. But with so much disposable clothes, that’s rarely a case now. And thrift stores have developed a secondary (or sometimes even third) markets reselling your donations in various ways – by finding quality items and vintage to resell at better prices, by finding bottom of the barrel items that can quickly be turned into rags, or even dumping them in other countries. As an avid thrifter myself, this quote struck a chord ‘“Nobody is stupid enough to buy Forever 21 second-hand,” notes Zweig. No one in the developed world, anyway.’”
Have you ever considered the environmental footprint your clothing creates? Now multiply those effects in current times when clothing has become disposable – this is an older article from a scientific journal, but not much has changed (it has probably gotten worse!) The article has some great insights even about how much energy is being consumed when you wash & dry your clothing, taking into consideration what type of materials your clothes are made out of!(natural vs synthetic materials.) “How does a T-shirt originally sold in a U.S. shopping mall to promote an American sports team end up being worn by an African teen? Globalization, consumerism, and recycling all converge to connect these scenes.”
Person sets out to see how easy or difficult it is to buy new Made in the USA clothes at regular, non-fancy everyday stores! Spoiler Alert: it’s difficult. And they capture the irony of it all that I’ve personally always found confusing – “it’s really strange seeing patriotic shirts with flags all over them and finding that they’re made in another country.”