Last night was the Oscars right? I don't know- I drove home from the mountains and fell asleep. But I have several friends who watch and who comment online.
LOVE that helen hunt is wearing a "green" dress by H&M!!!! she rocks!
I wrote back: No no no - read Cline's book - H&M is evil!
And as my recent blog posts will show - "fast-fashion" and "disposable clothes" are a topic on my mind. And H&M is frequently implemented in this hysteria. Now, in researching Helen Hunt's dress I see that H&M is launching a "global garment recycling program."
However I am highly skeptical There is no reconciliation between fast-fashion and sustainability. H&M is offering to take those garments so they do not end up in the trash. Awesome. But where are they going? Are they being recycled? Are they being recycled in an ethical manner? Most clothes are made in countries that cannot or will not enforce good environmental practice in the making of the clothes, will they then enforce good environmental practice in the recycling of the clothes?
So to quote someone besides Cline, what happens to all that polyester and nylon and dye?
What happens to the pieces that don’t make the cut? Most of them end up in landfills—only about 15 percent of discarded clothing is recycled or reused, whether by individual or industry. Globally, we trash roughly 2 billion pounds of clothing and textiles a year. Piled onto a football field, the waste would stretch more than two miles high. The textile industry has hooked us so completely on the accelerated fashion cycle that we feel we find ourselves with more and more stuff and few options for ethically discarding it. via Ethical Style
And knowing that there is "Business" in your old clothes: