Episode 19: Does Your Closet Reflect Your Climate Concern?
In this episode of Eaarth Feels Rose and Christine discuss the environmental and financial merits of buying preciously owned and loved apparel, and other items, in a world that already is overflowing with goods. As well, Christine reveals her connection to the establishment of the very first Habitat for Humanity ReStore.
Recurring segments include
- Good news Stories
- Unfreeze Yourself action tip to for you to create change
- A weekly sanity tip to keep you calm(er) in the face of climate overwhelm
MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
Fashion Industry Facts:
- The textile industry now accounts for 1.2 billion tons of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions annually – more than international aviation and shipping combined !
- The clothing industry is responsible for 8% of carbon emissions.
- Making one pair of jeans emits the same amount of carbon emissions as driving a car for 69 miles. (Stat courtesy of Levi Strauss)
- 80% of discarded textiles head to the landfill or incineration.
- A mere 20% are actually reused or recycled
- Non biodegradable fabric can sit in a landfill for 200 years
- As fabric decomposes, it emits methane—a greenhouse gas more potent than carbon.
- Every second the equivalent of one garbage truck of textiles is dumped at a landfill or incinerated
- 108 million tons of non-renewable resources are used each year to produce clothing.
- 2700 liters of water are needed to make one cotton shirt. (Stat courtesy of WWF)
Statistics On Resale Clothing:
Resale apparel has grown 21 times faster than the retail apparel market over the past three years.
64% of Women Bought or Are Now Willing to Buy Secondhand Products
- 56 million women bought secondhand products in 2018, up from 44 million who purchased in 2017.
- MORE Statistics on Resale
Websites for online resale clothing and more!!
Info regarding employment in Oil & Gas vs Green Jobs:
Two GIANT coal plants closed this month:
- This week, Arizona’s 2.25-GW Navajo Generating Station burned its last load of coal .The Navajo station emitted about 20 million metric tons of carbon dioxide each year, equivalent to 3.3 million cars.
- Pennsylvania’s largest coal-fired plant 2.7-GW Bruce Mansfield unit began shutdown on Nov. 7, almost two years ahead of schedule. It had been in operation for 40 years.
Unfreeze Yourself Action Step:
Take a look through your closet and donate what you haven’t worn in the past year to the local clothing bank. Especially those boots, coats, gloves, scarves, sweaters. Visualize someone in need enjoying them!
Listen to and Trust your Intuition. Take at least five minutes a day to shut out the outside world and listen to your inner voice. The wisdom you seek is right inside.