Editor’s letter by Lisa: Resource or waste?
Make it last co-founder Lisa Corneliusson shares her thoughts on the current fashion debate.
Discarded clothes: trash or resource? Might sound like a simple question, but it’s at the very heart of the latest and a crucial debate regarding fashion and sustainability in Sweden right now. Why? Well, a report has concluded that all the producers’ recent garment collecting initiatives (aimed, at best, to avoid textile waste ending up at landfill) are in fact illegal because it’s the municipalities’ responsibility to take care of household waste. So, H&M are illegal; Gina Tricot too.
If discarded textile instead would be considered a resource – to be used for climate positive purposes or a second life – it would be a different story all together. This small question, then, signifies so much; a need for a change in attitude, if we are ever to shift from a linear to a circular fashion system. Even if the comment I read somewhere about whether it’s actually reasonable for the municipalities to have to handle 8 kilograms of textile waste per person and year; a huge amount that the fast fashion brands play a big part in creating.
One of the reasons I love my partner in Make it last Emma is that she would answer “resource” without hesitating for a split of a second. She’s currently preparing to move houses and saves everything that could be used for packaging purposes, and she will be sure to save it for something else further on. She probably says no thanks to about five plastic bags or take-away coffee mugs a day and instead brings her own.
I’m disgusted by all the waste I create.
Anyways, I wanted to tell you about a project that I’ve been working on for the past months. Filippa K Circle is hub where experts in the interface between innovation and sustainability share their visions of a better fashion future. We collect Letters from inspiring thinkers who share their vision about how to achieve circularity in fashion, bit by bit. Please pay it a visit and let us know what you think!
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