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Green Is The New Black

Looking at you, textile waste

Most women have two problems, 1 – nothing to wear and 2 – no room for all the clothes. Okay so we’re exaggerating of course but you get the point. For those who’ve been following along on our Facebook page you may have noticed we’ve had a bit of a fashion focused week. And for those who did not notice – flick on those notifications 😉 

Do you buy 120 tees every year? Doubtful but that is on average the amount of textiles tossed out per person in Singapore. Eek thats like a new tee every 3 days.  

Being fashionably sustainable is something we love learning more about and so we spoke to some of our go to conscious fashionistas, have put together a list of #LittleGreenSteps you can take and found some thought provoking articles to feed your minds. You’re welcome. 

What can we do to reduce our textile waste? – #LittleGreenSteps 

According to the National Environmental Agency, 144,200 tonnes of textile waste was produced in 2015 in Singapore of which only 8% was recycled. This is no small issue. Fashion plays a bit part in this – so what can we do to play our part? 

Here are a few #LittleGreenSteps for you to help make a difference: 

  • Join a clothes swap by Swapaholics. We all love a wardrobe change but instead of going out and buying new clothes why not swap clothes instead because swapping is the new shopping. Check out their next event here.  
  • Upcycle and repurpose to refresh and restyle what you have. Have a look at some of the great workshops run by Agy Textile Artist.
  • Recycle your old clothes by dropping them off at H&M’s garment collection points in their local stores. Since the launch of their garment collecting initiative in 2013, more than 32,000 tonnes of garments have been given new life – that’s more fabric than in 100 million t-shirts.
  • Look for recycled materials and support the brands leading the way like RumiX’s sports apparel made from recycled plastic bottles and coffee grounds in Hong Kong or eco-conscious store Touch The Toes in Singapore. 
  • Be curious – ask #whomademyclothes. Take a photo of your clothing label and ask the brand/retailer #whomademyclothes? When you speak, brands listen, so use your voice. Read more at Fashion Revolution. 

Who knew sustainable could look so fab!

Meet The Conscious-Preneur – Raye Padit 

Can swapping become the new shopping? There are more than 150 billion garments are produced annually, enough to provide 20 new garments to every person on the planet, every year (Zady)! It’s time to think more circular with our choices and swapping your clothes might be an answer. We spoke to Raye Padit, Founder of Swapaholics Singapore’s first clothes swapping platform to find out more.

What does conscious fashion mean to you? Leave us a comment, we’d love to know. And if you’re on insta #LittleGreenSteps so we can celebrate your conscious choices! 

If you loved this, check out our other guides at Green Is The New Black and do join our newsletter for a fresh squeeze of inspiration, knowledge and action each week in your inbox.


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Stephanie is the founder of Green Is The New Black. She is a marketer, event organiser and avid connector of conscious individuals and brands. She loves bringing people together to connect, find inspiration, gain knowledge and be able to take action to create a better life. Previously she spent four years working for an international events agency, planning luxury events and fashion weeks around the region. As a third culture kid, she’s fascinated by other people and is always seeking new experiences.

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