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A Celebration of Fashion Sustainability in NYC

This year’s ReFashion Week NYC proves that dedication to sustainability and a bit of creativity can be a winning combination for any wardrobe.

This year's ReFashion Week NYC proves that dedication to sustainability and a bit of creativity can be a winning combination for any wardrobe.

ReFashion is the joint initiative of the New York City Department of Sanitation and local fashion designers and the main goal is to learn and teach others sustainability.

Instead of buying new, the idea is to rethink and recycle what we already have in the most environmentally-friendly way.

The event connects the fashion industry with young designers and talent so they can together overcome the city’s challenge of textile waste.

And the challenge is real. According to VOA News, an average American buys 60% more clothing items every year and keeps them about half as long as 15 years ago.

Charities and second-hand stores simply can't consume all the used clothing.

EvRnu lab outside NYC, for example, turns used clothing into something new, using only pure cotton items, while removing buttons, zippers, and synthetic inserts.

Stella McCartney, Adidas, Levi’s, and many other big brands use this recycled yarn in many of their new collections.

Isabel Varela, a fashion designer, says she used to be a shopaholic, but after her debts amounted, she realized that she can save money by buying used items. Now she recommends going to thrift stores, swap shops, and shopping in your closet.

Watch the video from VOA News below:



Nikola uses his background in electrical engineering to break down complex sustainability topics for GreenCitizen's readers. He is a firm believer in environmental conservation, which he practices daily through recycling and home-grown food. He enjoys hiking, engaging in white-water sports, and collecting pocket knives.

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