Your old jumper is floating in the Ciliwung River
In the age of ripening globalization, the urge to consume fast fashion is strong and impulsive. Every mall visit, shop windows after shop windows tempts us to shop more and more. With new styles offered every month, it is easy to forget about the clothes tucked away in our closets. As a result, we tend to throw away those piles of unused clothes, which end up suffocating landfills. In Indonesia, the problem gets even worse. Riversides are threatened by unethical waste dumping, forming unwanted tiny islands that inhibits river ecosystem. The curves of the infamous Ciliwung river, as depicted in the picture below, is filled with used clothes, contributing to the already existing mountains of various kinds of trash.
Seeing this issue, it is easy to blame the government for not acting upon it. And as much as it is the government’s problem and the duty of its citizens to urge for actions, we must also realize the impact of a piece of T-shirt to the environment. Fast fashion is easy, but harmful in every aspect.
As a way of tackling the waste made up of our used clothes, we should then gear up the awareness on the significance behind an innocent piece of clothing. Choose garments with higher quality that lasts longer. Upcycle your old blouse, a pair of pants, you name it. Always think twice before throwing away a garment. In the long run, your hard-earned money spent in the name of fashion will not go to waste, both literally and figuratively.
We urge you first and foremost to educate yourself on this matter and be a more conscious consumer. As a way of being more of the solution than the problem on this matter, we try as best as we can to reduce the amount of waste during our production process and ethically source our fabrics from manufacturers' left overs.
Comment down below, what steps have you taken to minimize this problem?