The term ‘throw away fashion’ has been banded about for several years now, but what does it actually mean? And what is its impact on the environment?
In the past, it seemed to apply specifically to high-fashion, low-cost women’s clothing that could be thrown away after just one season; now the term is being applied to children’s clothes too. More and more parents seem to be buying items with the intention of only using them for a few months, without considering the environmental impact of this behaviour.
But it might not just be caused by changing fashions either, but by changing lifestyles too. Many parents have abandoned mending clothes that have been damaged simply because they lack the time and energy. It’s far easier to dispose of children’s clothes and buy new ones than it is to repair them.
Both of these factors mean that landfill sites around the country are receiving clothes that could be reused if there was time.
Not only that, but many of these clothes are made from synthetics, which do not decompose as fast as their natural counterparts, like cotton. Unfortunately, the levels of waste are increasing because it is far easier to throw clothing away than it is to make repairs.
The impact of throw away fashion is compounded when the production process is considered too. The manufacture of many clothing products, cotton included, involves harsh chemicals that can not only harm the environment, but the health of those producing the clothes too.
Cool children’s clothes retailer Boys&Girls have decided to take a different path. Their range of cotton clothing is hard wearing and organic, meaning that there are no harmful chemicals involved in the production process and that they also last longer – so the clothing won’t be disposed of so quickly.
However, creating organic clothes doesn’t mean giving up on style and fashion. Kids love wearing the trendy slogan t-shirts, colourful hoodies and jogging bottoms, which are great when hitting parks and playgrounds.
If you would like to be more environmentally friendly and still get fashionable yet ethical clothing for your kids, visit Boys&Girls online today.