What Is Disposable Fashion?

What is disposable fashion? Have you ever bought something and thought to yourself, “This is so cheap, even if I wear it just once it was worth the cost”? It’s called disposable fashion and it is taking a toll on us. Watch today’s video for some easy tips you can follow to help make a difference. (Click image below to watch video.)


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What Is Disposable Fashion?

Maybe this is a concept you have heard of, or maybe you have never heard of it before, but what is disposable fashion? Disposable fashion is everywhere. It is an item that we purchase thinking that this is so cheap that even if I only wear it one time, it pays for itself. Disposable fashion is produced on a low quality / low cost / high volume scale.

I remember when these retailers first started popping up. It was great to be in high school and be able to go to the mall and find things I could actually afford that were cute! Fast forward to college and after college (when you are broke and burdened with student loan debt) and disposable fashion meant you could afford to keep up with the trends.

At first glance, it seems like a really wonderful concept. You’re spending $6-$8 at a time on a shirt. You could get a dress for $20 and spend $10-$15 for a pair of jeans or pants. So what if it started getting holes in it? You wore it once or twice, it didn’t cost that much anyway, so pass it on or throw it away. It has served its purpose with you and you can always go get more because it is so cheap right?!

The more I read and research on this, the more I am starting to realize that as this disposable clothing trend continues, we are going to have to find new ways to keep up with it. And I don’t mean wearing and using more clothes, I mean finding places to put the mass amount of textiles produced. Here are a few statistics:

  • We have seen a 400% increase in the amount of clothing consumed per year in the last couple decades
  • The average American throws away nearly 70 pounds of textiles per year. It goes directly into the landfill.

We are going to have a hard time keeping up with this if it continues at the rate that it is. I don’t think it is realistic to ask you to stop shopping, but I think there are a few things that we can all do to help make a lessen our environmental impact:

  • Swap, don’t shop. Check our website or Facebook page for upcoming clothing swaps in your area or click on the “side hustle” tab on our website to find out how to start your own.
  • Buy secondhand or thrift. Extend the lifespan of items that have already been produced by shopping thrift stores in your area
  • Repurpose textiles. Turn old shirts into pillows, or rags into rugs. Search Pinterest for ideas on how to repurpose old textiles and prevent them from going into the landfill.

So, now that you know what you can do to begin making a difference, check out more Trendy Trade videos to see what to expect at upcoming events, get comfortable with the idea of a clothing swap and see the great things that you can walk away with!

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