Week 1 – Evaluating and researching our garments
This week, we conducted a thorough evaluation of the clothes in our wardrobes by looking into how sustainable our garments are. This in-depth analysis has equipped me with the knowledge to make more informed and eco-friendly choices.
Garment #1 – Cropped faux leather jacket
100% polyester, 100% polyurethane
Clothing description : Jacket featuring a lapel collar and long sleeves. False welt pocket on the chest. Matching lining. Front metal zip fastening
Country of origin: Made in Myanmar/Burma
Potential Impacts of Polyester
- Polyester production involves the extraction of crude oil and natural gas, which are non-renewable resources and contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. The manufacturing process also consumes water and energy, leading to water pollution and carbon emissions
- When disposed of in landfills, polyester does not readily biodegrade, contributing to landfill waste and potential leaching of chemicals into the soil.
Garment #2 Black, white and red ferrari jacket
Made with 65% polyester & 35% Cotton
Product Description – Crafted from high-quality materials, this jacket features a sleek black, white, and red color scheme that is sure to turn heads. The embroidered Ferrari logo on the front and back adds an extra touch to this already stunning piece.
Country of Origin: Thailand
Potential Impacts of Cotton
- Cotton cultivation is highly water-intensive. It requires a substantial amount of water, and in regions with limited water resources, excessive irrigation for cotton farming can lead to water scarcity and the depletion of freshwater ecosystems.
- The dyeing and finishing processes used in textile manufacturing can result in the discharge of chemicals and dyes into water bodies if not properly managed, contributing to water pollution and ecosystem damage.
The evaluation of my wardrobe has prompted a significant shift in my perspective towards fashion choices. Given the considerable textile waste generated by the fashion industry, I am now more conscious of the materials and quality of the garments I purchase. This reflection has steered me towards making more responsible and sustainable fashion decisions.