I love this phrase. It is so simple, yet so important and effective.
There are over 7 billion people on this planet. 7 billion! If you count one number a second without stopping until you reach a billion, you’d be counting for 31 years, 259 days, 1 hours, 46 minutes, and 40 seconds. That’s how much a billion is. If each person owned only one pair of pants, one shirt, and one jacket, that would be 21 billion articles of clothing. If you were to count each of those, one per second, it would take nearly 672 years. That’s a lot of clothes! And it’s safe to assume that many of us own more than three items of clothing. Given that there are so many of us, and clothes are one of the three basic needs, (besides food, water, and shelter) the statistics surrounding the textile and fashion industry are nothing short of staggering.
So what better way to reduce waste in the fashion industry then to either swap clothes, or re-purpose the existing items already in your closet.
I also met up-cycle fashion designer, Lanni Lantto, at the LA Green Festival. Lannni is producing some of the most inventive and beautiful pieces of clothing doing just that. It’s amazing what you can do with a little imagination and a sewing machine.
Below is one of her beautiful up-cycled, couture pieces.
Check out Lanni’s website at: http://lannilantto.com/bio/
She also has an Etsy page: https://www.etsy.com/shop/fashionREdesign?ref=si_shop