The fashion industry is an environmental disaster – let’s pull out our shoulder pads! COMMENT | Express commentary | Comment

My husband refused to allow me to encroach on his area understandably, and our shoes are jointly fighting for possession of the lower shelves. I am not quite sure how this happened. I’m not a big fan of fashion, and I don’t care much about color trends or who’s wearing what. It just seems to have been a gradual build-up over the past 30 years or so. That said, I am selective about what I buy, aiming to go for classic pieces that can be worn forever. I hate throwing things around until they have gaping holes or the rubber band is dead. Burying with discarded but totally usable clothes should be an eyesore to all of us.

In light of the looming environmental disasters due to global warming, I began to consider the massive negative impact of the fashion industry on our planet through the cultivation, harvesting, processing and manufacturing of garments which we neither need nor will we ever be able to use in our lifetime. .

It is very likely that unless I reach the size of a Sub-Saharan hippo, I will never need to buy another item of clothing.

So what if my 1980s epaulettes seem a little weird as I walk around my local supermarket – I can surely take this with some senior recklessness.

To be quite frank, none of my fellow buyers care less that I show up in leopard print pajamas and platform boots.

So why don’t we create a new trend rather than buy a new tattoo – either cheap slub cotton or high-end designer nonsense being touted by fashionistas – by taking a totally innovative and creative designer approach consistent to recycle our existing antique objects and to create a new bespoke look each season that is both totally unique to us and respectful of the environment.

Rather than applauding people for their purchasing and consuming power, we should instead congratulate those who create attractive outfits with nothing for themselves or the planet.

I have a tip people might appreciate, I started packing bundles of clothes and putting them away (with mothballs) for just a few months only to take them out a bit later and enjoy watching – and to wear – what I was once thoroughly bored with. It’s a bit like Christmas all year round!

My kids, all Gen Z, approached my anti-fashion and anti-materialism with surprising enthusiasm and we now share a lot of hilarity both about the age of some of my collections and the eccentricity of the style.

But they admit the outfits are much better made than they are today, and they’re happy enough to offload a few items for their own use.

So when you think you have absolutely nothing to wear, think about the environmental damage you might inflict for that fleeting little shopping pleasure.

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