I often think when I visit shops like Diva or Supre “where does all the unsold items go” and “what about once people are done with their dress or top that is soo in right now, where does that go?” In some cases these clothes are donated to charity or given to friends, which is great. Maybe they might even be used as cleaning rags (cudos to you if this is the case) but in most cases they will end up in landfill at the end of their fashionable (or not) life.
From 1997 to 2007 the average waste produced per person almost doubled to 2,100kgs per year. Of course economic growth has contributed towards this. Australians are amongst the highest users of new technology, and waste from obsolete electronic goods is one of the highest growing types of waste.
Landfills impact on our air, water and land quality. Landfill gasses are released into the air and contribute to global warming.
The days are gone of that sweater that you have had since you left school that has gotten you through so many winters. Now days as the seasons change so does the fashion. The old faithful may still be in closets out there but the 12 other jumpers that you have bought since is what is creating the mass amounts of landfill in Australia.
The tragedy is that this textile waste is 90% recyclable. Most electronics can still be used but are considered out if date and most other items could be given to the less fortunate when they really are at the end of their legs.
Next time you are buying that cute top or new upgraded phone, think Do I already have something the same? what are you actually buying it for? Is it worth it?
For me I KNOW not buying things is hard but this is what I have to keep reminding myself.
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