The fashion/ textile industry is second largest industrial polluter on the planet 

Only the oil industry pollutes the planet more  

This is a huge concern for the fashion industry and was a major topic at the Texworld USA and Apparel Sourcing USA trade show at NYC Javit’s Center, last week (July 23-25, 2018)

Americans discard 40 pounds of
clothing a year. Buying better, using
longer is one solution to this problem.
Learning to sew quality clothing
is another. Quality, custom sewn clothing
made using high-end industrial
procedures, is comfortable,
a delight to wear,
and will still look new
30 years later. 

Some of the reasons for this problem:

    1. Insecticides used in growing cotton result in Texas cotton farmers experiencing a high rate of cancer.
    2. Many chemicals used to produce synthetic fabrics are toxic
    3. Polyester fibers are made from oil – clothing made from these fibers stain easily, causing the clothing to be quickly discarded
    4. Many chemicals used in the finishing of fabrics are toxic. One can smell these chemicals when one enters a clothing or fabric store
    5. After 50 washings to remove the chemicals, some may still remain
    6. Dyes can be toxic
    7. Consumers buy cheap clothing, which has a short life

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      items, and the ability to create a wardrobe
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    8. Not all manufactured clothing is purchased, creating waste
    9. Global transportation of fabrics and manufactured clothing requires considerable energy, adding to the pollution
    10. The average American discards 40 pounds of clothing a year.
    11. Land fills are filling up with discarded clothing
  1. An excessive time frame is needed for discarded synthetic fabrics to decompose

Sustainability comes up over and over again in the fashion feeds. Here is one I received recently:

Prada will host a conference on sustainability titled “Shaping a Sustainable Digital Future”,in partnership with the Yale School of Management and the Polytechnic University of Milan’s School of Management. Set to take place on November 20 at the Prada Foundation in Milan, this is the second event in Prada’s “Shaping a Future” series of cultural conversations. Launched last year, the initiative aims to bring academics and businesses together to discuss how to build a sustainable future.

  • “‘Shaping a Sustainable Digital Future” will explore the large impact and implications of digitalization on business and societal sustainability”, said Prada in a statement. Representatives from several businesses and institutions will take part in the discussions, which will be attended by the business students from both partner universities.
Fit is one of the main
reasons so much clothing
is either not purchased
or is discarded.
Far too many manufactured
pants pull in the crotch.
A custom fitted pants pattern solves that problem.
Drafting & Fitting Pants and Skirts

shows how to draft to
prevent pulls under the crotch.
  • But you don’t have to study at Yale or the Polytechnic University of Milan to watch the conference, as it will also be live-streamed on Prada’s website. More information about the live-streaming, as well as the event’s program and speakers, is to published on Prada’s website soon. ##

At the trade show’s seminar, Consumer Engagement and Shifting Consumer Preferences, Bruce Thomson, Co-founder and CEO of Bright Label, discussed how he is working to bring transparency to manufacturers’ clothing labels. 


As stated in his seminar’s description he said: Increasingly, brands are investing in sustainable sourcing, certified materials, and transparency; meanwhile, consumers, especially millennials, are demonstrating a greater desire to know more about how their clothes were made before they buy.  Texworld USA Summer 2018 – Seminar Series Schedule.

Your comments are most welcome – Laurel
Look for the article about seam allowance modification that I wrote for Threads Magazine. It will be in their 199 issue that will be on the newsstands in late August (2018). 

Phone: 215 884 7065
© Laurel Hoffmann, 2018.

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