Why Buying Pre-loved Clothing is the more Ethical Choice

Why Buying Pre-loved Clothing is the more Ethical Choice

The average person will own a staggering 2,500 kilos of clothing in their lifetime. 'Clothing the Loop' art installation by Von Wong and Laura Francois, is an astonishing visual of how the fashion industry impacts our environment. François told Southeast Asia Globe she wanted to show people the “hidden cost of clothing”. “The fashion industry is extremely wasteful and we wanted to shed some light on that and highlight the three resources that we overuse from our planet to support our shopping habits: water, air and trees,” . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4zhdQPP6DQ&feature=youtu.be Clothing is the 4th largest contributor to environmental pollution; after housing, transport and food. On average, an article of clothing has a 3½ year lifespan – from purchase to being discarded. This is an absurdly small lifespan when you consider the resources and  processes that it takes to make an article of clothing, not to mention the washing, tumble drying and ironing that it takes to maintain over the years.  27,000 litres of water are used to produce...
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Zero Waste Heroes: Encore Dress Agency

Zero Waste Heroes: Encore Dress Agency

As part of our Plastic Free Communities Campaign with Surfers Against Sewage, we are working with local businesses to fight plastic waste and the pollution it causesby eliminating single-use plastic from their business and asking them to commit to green alternatives.  You can find out more about the Campaign here. Encore; Dress Agency and Vintage Boutique Carrie Murdoch; Owner of Encore Dress Agency This week saw a visit to Fettercairn to Encore; Dress Agency and Vintage Boutique. I met with owner, Carolyne Murdoch on a wet and windy Scottish morning.  The shop is an Aladdin's Cave of Designer dresses, high-end High Street and Vintage wears -  accessories, jewellery and more.  Carrie started her venture with Encore in 1997, when a drive with her then toddler turned from a shopping trip into a business opportunity.  Her previous training and career as a nurse gave way to her passion for vintage and pre-loved fashion, sealing the deal to join forces with the small business and eventually becoming the...
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