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Somerset Waste Action Programme. What does fashion mean to you?. In the UK we buy 2.5 million tonnes of clothes and shoes every year!. What are our clothes made of?. Wool. silk. Fur. cashmere. Angora. leather. What are our clothes made of?. cotton. linen. Viscose (AKA Rayon).

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What are our clothes made of?

Wool

silk

Fur

cashmere

Angora

leather

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What are our clothes made of?

cotton

linen

Viscose (AKA Rayon)

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What are our clothes made of?

Nylon

Lycra

Polyester

Acrylic

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Polyester

Advantages:

-‘wrinkle-resistant’ so doesn’t need ironing

-Strong, durable material

-Relatively cheap to produce

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Problems with polyester

It is made from crude oil.

Manufacturing fibres from oil uses lots of energy.

Oil is a fossil fuel which is running out.

Dyeing the fibres uses toxic chemicals- some of these are known to cause cancer

Manufacturing polyester also uses huge quantities of water.

The manufacturing process produces lots of fumes.

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Cotton

The most widely used natural clothing fibre.

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Is cotton as natural as we think?

Cotton fibres grow around the seeds of cotton plants. Cotton is grown in the Americas, India and Africa.

Huge quantities of chemical pesticides are used in cotton farming. This causes pollution and deaths from pesticide poisoning

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Making cotton clothing also uses vast quantities of water:

For every 1kg of cotton material, 7000 litres of water is used in production.

In Uzbekistan the Aral Sea has shrunk to ¼ its original size due to water being pumped out for nearby cotton farms.

This has caused the loss of 22 fish species.

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Cashmere

-Soft, warm and luxurious

-Relatively expensive compared to other materials.

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Cashmere fibres come from cashmere goats. China is the largest producer of cashmere.

Large areas of china’s grasslands have been turned into desert through over-grazing by cashmere goats. These areas are now unable to support wildlife or crops.

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Every year we throw away more than 1 million tonnes of textiles in the UK.

= the same weight as 125,000 double-decker buses!

Most of this ends up in landfill sites

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Synthetic fabrics won’t rot

Natural fabrics rot without air, producing methane and causing climate change

Landfill sites are Smelly, Noisy and Ugly.

Fills the countryside with rubbish, destroying wildlife habitat

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Why recycle textiles?

Less rubbish going to landfill sites

Less pollution

Less energy and fuel used

Saves precious natural resources.

Less harmful chemicals used.

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What happens to ‘recycled’ textiles?

Wearable textiles:

Baled up and distributed around the world via second-hand clothing sellers.

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What happens to ‘recycled’ textiles?

Un-wearable Textiles:

Shredded and used to fill mattresses, furniture and loud-speaker cones.

Cut up into industrial wiping cloths

Fibres reclaimed and used to make yarn.

you can buy clothing made from recycled materials
You can buy clothing made from recycled materials!

TRAID turn unwanted clothing into ‘new’ designer garments. Money raised from their sales helps fund international aid projects.

Patagonia make fleeces from old plastic bottles!

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Useful Re-fashion Websites:

www.threadbanger.com

www.ohmystars.net

www.whatthecraft.com

www.teengirlclothing.com/DIY.html

www.blog.craftzine.com

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