No New Clothes December
Why No New Clothes December?
December. The month we’ve all been waiting for – Christmas is upon us!
But this Christmas, we’re putting a twist on our usual excitement for fresh outfits and getting excited for a monthly challenge: No-New-Clothes December.
From Christmas parties throughout the month, to Boxing Day sales and New Year’s, never is there a more perfect time for new purchases. But with what impact? Well, here’s the facts…
- In 2015, the fashion industry contributed 1,715 million tonnes of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere. At present, the fashion industry tops the aviation and shipping industries in energy consumption.
- Clothing production is water-intensive, with 1kg of cotton requiring 10,000-20,000 litres of water. This is your average pair of jeans. Plus, India and Pakistan are both major suppliers of cotton to the UK whilst also suffering high levels of water scarcity.
- Polyester (made from fossil fuels) contains microfibres (plastic-based threads) which leach into the water cycle when washed. Of those, 40% enter our oceans and make up for 85% of human-made debris found on shorelines worldwide.
In short, the fashion industry is seriously contributing to the warming climate (extreme weather events), water scarcity (countries suffering to stay hydrated, farm, clean) and polluted oceans (entering sea life and human food chains).
It’s up to you to make a change this Christmas. Test your style skills by putting a spin on a pre-worn outfit or swapping online with us! And, if you find yourself window shopping in sorrow to get your fix or struggling with this challenge, give these documentaries a little watch…
- The True Cost
- River Blue
- Stacey Dooley Investigates: Fashion’s Dirty Secrets
- Fashion Conscious
- Patriot Act: The Ugly Truth of Fast Fashion
Or for your daily commute, some podcasts…
Happy No New Clothes December, Ladies!
Written by Natasha Rowe - TDC Writer
11 months into my sustainable fashion journey