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February 2014

Vintage clothing CLOTHING: A silent pollutant


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CLOTHING: A silent pollutant Clothing is just one more element in our life: We put it on, we put it off, we look at it and some of us love to buy it. It is one of the most basic things humans own, even if there is people that does not has clothes. Now think that every single blouse, sock, pants, everything has produced pollution to be produced. Regrettably, that is a reality. It is pretty impressing if you think about how many clothes a person wears and buys on his or her life. Different fabrics produce different impacts to the environment. This are some of the most common ones: o Nylon and polyester: Made from petrochemicals, these synthetics are nonbiodegradable. Nylon manufacture creates nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas 310 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Making polyester uses large amounts

of water for cooling, along with lubricants which can become a source of contamination. o Rayon: Made from wood pulp, seems more sustainable. But, old growth forest is often cleared and/or subsistence farmers are displaced to make way for pulpwood plantations. Often the tree planted is eucalyptus, which draws up giant amounts of water, causing problems in some regions. To make rayon, the wood pulp is treated with chemicals such as caustic soda and sulphuric acid. o Cotton: Even being a natural fiber, cotton damages the environment. Cotton is the most pesticide intensive crop in the world: these pesticides injure and kill many people every year. It also takes up a lot of agricultural land, much of which is needed by local people to grow their own food. Herbicides used on cotton plantations causes problems to humans’ health. The development of genetically modified cotton adds environmental problems at another level. Organic cotton is quite another matter. o Wool: Both agricultural and craft workers in the UK suffer from exposure to “organophosphate sheep dip”.

Other pollutant materials used in clothes and shoes are: 

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Leather (intensive farming impacts and animal rights issues). PVC – a notoriously toxic material. Harmful solvents – used e.g. in glues and to stick plastic coatings to some waterproof fabrics.

Most of times, people who work on textile plant’s rights are not respected and they work in precarious conditions for a not fair wage. We cannot stop wearing clothes, but we can stop buying more than the ones we need, looking for eco-friendly alternatives and advocating for everyone’s rights to be respect.

Ecolo-chic Fashion Do you try to be eco – friendly and good looking? Do you think wearing used clothes means looking outdated? Can you be good looking without damaging the planet? Sure you can! Ecolo-chic is a new fashion company that makes you look great, but also takes care of our home: EARTH! How? Ecolo-chic implements the “slow fashion” concept; that means that they do not make clothes industrially, but manufacture them by order, making you look even more unique and avoiding greenhouse gasses, water pollution and many others, and also ensuring for their employs’ rights. Ecolochic clothes are made of old clothing reincorporated to their designs and also organic fibers fabric. If you want to, you can give your old clothes to the company as a part of the payment for your clothes, so you can save money, get rid of stuff you do not wear anymore and help Ecolo-chic to go on with their unique project. If there are some clothes whose fabric you really

like but you are bored of it, it is shattered because of use or just too old to be used, you can bring it to the company’s store and let them do their magic and watch it become an unrecognizable and pretty garment again. There are also unique accessories, made of plastic bags, bottles, lids and many others, you can be sure they are such a pretty detail for your every-day-style. They have unique urban and fresh designs, for men and females. You can find designs for your daily routine and some especial occasions. As part of Ecolo-chic’s moralist philosophy, they promote campaigns in favor of art, working class’ rights, and, obviously, against pollution.

Vintage Clothing Vintage fashion is clothing and accessories that are at least 20 years old, anyway, some people use it for clothes that were made two seasons ago. Collectables are about heritage, craftsmanship, quality, style and good design. If a design can withstand time, then it is a solid investment. Wearing vintage clothes is wearing unique and environmental friendly clothing, Wearing vintage is a way to reuse! Where Can You Find Vintage Clothes? Now days, a lot of Stores offer “vintage” clothing, but, guess what. Those are not actually vintage. They base their designs on old tendencies, but that does not make the clothe old. Those clothes are cute, but have the same pollutant effect on the environment. So, Where Can You Find REAL Vintage Clothes? Easy! You can ask your mom, grandmother, or someone else for their old-fashioned clothes, and then incorporate them to your style. .

“Vintage” Definition: The term vintage is used to describe clothing between 20 and 99 years old which is clearly representati ve of the era in which it was produced.

How to wear vintage clothes? Here are some tips about how to wear vintage:

It is important to understand that the definition of vintage is fluid, so every decade brings forth new items as "vintage". It is also important to understand that all vintage will eventually become antique. *Antique: Clothing 100 years old or more.

 Do not dress entirely in vintage from one trend or decade. If you do, you will end up looking like you are wearing a costume. Mix a focal vintage piece with a T-shirt, a blazer or another simple element.  Vintage items may look strange on the hanger, and you may think "I could never wear that!" or "That’s not for me," but try it on anyway. Don’t forget that vintage is an adventure! You’re looking to add excitement to your outfit, and you’ll never get that effect if you play it safe.  It is best to stay true to what you are most comfortable in and what looks best on you. Mixing vintage with your standard wardrobe is essential to a successful ensemble

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