About a week ago, I was asked to give a presentation to a group of 10-15 year olds girls about age-appropriate clothing and trends, which got me thinking about how much I would dislike discussing age-appropriate clothing and trends. It's not that these subjects are particularly boring; it more or less has to do with the fact that: a) I'm a huge believer in "wear whatever you want, when you want", and b) trends suck. After all, they really only lend themselves to driving our consumption-based culture and fulfilling people's (including my own) constant need for material satisfaction.
In a world where everyone is trying to catch up with everyone else, it's no wonder that we can barely keep up with the pace of fast fashion. Fashion is the third most polluting industry in the world, and the second largest consumer of fresh water. North America alone produces more than 12 million tonnes of waste in textiles, accounting for 5% of all landfill production. So, more than ever, being conscious and mindful about where and how you shop is becoming more important than ever.
With that being said, the solution is quite simple. Invest in your clothing. buy less, and wear more. Your clothes shouldn't be disposable.
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