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The Green Edit by Jenah St. #3

Slow Fashion: Steps forward and how to take an active role


with Rima Mehta 

What does "Slow Fashion" actually mean? Let's get to the core of it and realise that our individual actions have more impact than we think.   

This article is part 3 in our fast fashion mini series.  


THE TERM "SLOW FASHION" IS BEING THROWN AROUND. CAN YOU TELL US MORE ABOUT IT AND HOW TO TAKE PART IN THE MOVEMENT?

Slow fashion is all about reducing environmental impact by keeping items longer and making great use out of quality materials. By shopping vintage, choosing sustainable materials, and taking good care of your wardrobe, you’re already part of the solution. And, the industry is changing, too. From recycling to upcycling, innovators in the fashion industry are looking to incorporate more circularity in every step.

WHY IS RECYCLING SO IMPORTANT? 

We hear a lot about recycling and the importance of sustainable waste streams, but very few people know why it is that important. Because it reduces our dependence on new raw materials, it is a great way to conserve natural resources such as water, oil, organic fibers, minerals, and more. And, it is a positive for the economy, too. When an item is recycled or upcycled and given a second life, we recapture the economic value of that material. This is a type of circular economy, a system in which we use waste materials as inputs in new items.

How much of our clothing is recycled and repurposed and how does this affect the economy? 

Unfortunately, only 1% of clothing materials are recycled and repurposed, equal to a loss of more than $100 billion of value each year. For example, when a wool coat is sent to a landfill or incinerator, we lose the value of the wool material itself as well as all of the labor efforts put in to make a finished product.

What about countries with high clothing collection rates?

Most apparel items are thrown away, but even in countries with high collection rates for reuse and recycle (like Germany), most clothing waste is eventually sent to lower income countries with little recycling infrastructure, where it rests in landfills and pollutes local communities. That’s an economic waste, as well as an environmental pollutant.

JENAH ST. Following ITS ARROW

We don’t believe being fashionable has to be synonymous with hyper consumption, and waste. Our mission is to offer you beautiful and timeless high performance pieces that will escort you through life, and when it’s time for something new we will help you discard your beloved handbag in a responsible way. 

Through the Bag Recycle Program, you can return any Jenah St. item you’ve loved for a 30% discount on your next treasure piece! We’ll either freshen up the bag or use the hardware and high-quality vegan leather for making smaller items like cardholders. That’s slow (and sustainable) fashion in action! 

Sources: 
Morlet, A., Opsomer, R., Herrmann, S., Balmond, L., Gillet, C., & Fuchs, L (2017). A New Textiles Economy: Redesigning Fashion's Future. A New Textiles Economy: Redesigning Fashion's Future (pp. 5–40). Ellen MacArthur Foundation & Circular Fibers Initiative.


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More about Rima Mehta


A native of the evergreen Pacific Northwest, Rima grew up hiking and exploring the wilderness. Her passion for conservation grew after living in different contexts around the globe, seeing firsthand that a single action could have many effects for people on the other side of the world. Rima's work in social impact ranges from waste reduction and clean energy to financial inclusion. She currently resides in Switzerland, where she pursues a graduate degree in Sustainable Development and eats lots of (sustainable) chocolate. 


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