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Good to know: The cultivation of cotton for a single T-shirt uses up to 2,000 liters of water. This corresponds to the quantity of ten bathtubs. Source: Substance Stories by Engagement Global / AMD Munich


For us, today’s World Recycling Day means that we urgently need to deal with topics such as reuse, circular fashion, cradle2cradle, lovedclotheslast and alternative consumption models. We all.

Politicians with corresponding laws that hold disrespectful manufacturing companies accountable.
The media, who have to fulfill their obligation to provide information and explain the connections between fashion and climate – too many people still don’t know anything about it
• The consumers – that’s all of us – with more conscious consumption.

World Recycling Day

Our tips for consumers on World Recycling Day

• Kauft so oft wie möglich nur das, was ihr wirklich braucht
• Shoppt in eurem Kleiderschrank, indem ihr kreative Stylings ausprobiert
Tragt eure Kleidungsstücke lange
Kauft gebrauchte Kleidungsstücke
Repariert eure Kleidungsstücke (oder lasst sie reparieren)
• Passt nicht mehr? Lasst eure ehemaligen Lieblingsteile wieder passend machen z.B. bei @changeinto
Kauft Upcyclingmode – Mode, die aus bereits existierenden Materialien gefertigt wurde
• Organisiert eine private Kleidertauschparty mit Freundinnen

• Only buy what you really need as often as possible
• Shop your closet by trying out creative stylings
Wear your clothes for a long time
• Buy used clothes
Repair your clothes (or have them repaired)
• Doesn’t fit anymore? Have your former favorite pieces made suitable again, e.g. at @changeinto
Buy upcycled fashion – fashion made from existing materials
• Organize a private clothes swap party with friends

At some point, in the not too distant future, our planet’s natural resources will run out. Earth Overshoot Day – when we humans have used more resources than our earth can produce – is moving forward every year. In 2022 it was July 28th. In 1987, Earth Overshoot Day fell on December 19th.

World Recycling Day

We consume more than we are entitled to.

The past decade has been the warmest on record. The climate crisis can no longer be denied. We must do something fast to prevent global temperatures from rising further, ice caps from melting, continents from burning and forests from being cut down rapidly. Sounds stupid? It’s even really bad.

We urgently need to think about what we throw away – and not waste, but see opportunities. We must act. Now.

Recycling is an important part of the circular economy and helps protect our natural resources, valuable primary resources. Every year, the so-called “seventh resource” (recyclable materials) saves over 700 million tons of CO2 emissions. By 2030, this is expected to increase to 1 billion tons. There is no doubt that recycling is at the forefront when it comes to the future of our planet and to save humanity.

We support this day to

1. tell leaders that recycling is a global issue and a common approach to recycling is urgently needed.
2. encourage people to think in terms of resources and not waste when it comes to all goods. It’s not waste until you waste it.

So: Never, never and really never throw away. There is almost always a way to continue using textiles. Except: Ultra cheap cheap shit (sorry!) from ultrafast fashion brands like @sheinofficial, @sheingermany and @boohoo – this stuff is often produced so disrespectfully cheap that it can’t even be recycled (see also the Trashion documentary by @changingmarkets Foundation ). So: stay away from cheap clothing that was produced for the dump. We have to make a mark here. With a purchase boycott.

Brands that produce respectfully can be found in the GREENSTYLE Brand Directory >>>

The pictures were taken as part of the “Material Stories” exhibition by Engagement Global and the AMD Academy of Fashion & Design Munich.

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