World Ozone Day
September 16 is designated by the United Nations General Assembly as International Day for Preservation of the Ozone Layer. Everyone has their own ways of contributing to the environment, so we can collectively take measures to prevent the ozone layer from getting depleted. In clothing & fashion, one can recycle and repurpose the clothes as much as they can as one of the most used and wasted products by humans are clothes. When clothes end up in landfills they create greenhouse gases, so recycling them instead of dumping them helps diminish the forces that contribute to climate change. Reusing the fabric of old clothes means less resources consumed, both monetary and environmental instead of wasting them in growing fiber for new ones. Recycled clothes are converted into threads. First, the bottles are broken down into small flakes, then those flakes are melted into tiny pellets and then they are melted again, filtered and spun into threads. process and then later, those yarns can be used for a range of textiles, from swimwear to running socks, it all depends on the designers. For example, Levi's new Waste-Less jeans technique has captured the idea that the material that goes into making this denim comes from recycled plastic bottles and food trays. Saola is another company that started making shoes from the fabrics and soles which are recyclable ; organic cotton is used for shoes. Pesticides and chemical fertilizers are replaced by natural compost, and as cotton requires half as much water as traditional cotton. Cotton is organic, softer, more flexible, and way kinder to the planet. A few of the brands which are associated with recycled clothes are: Beyond Retro, Patagonia, Fanfare,RubyMoon, Zero Waste Daniel. One could use natural fabrics like organic cotton and linen and Tencel that are more sustainable than man-made fabrics like Polyester and Nylon which are petroleum-based and take hundreds of years to biodegrade. One can host a garage sale & donate the proceeds to charity, directly support those in need locally, thrift it up, clothing swap with friends & family, DIY it into something new.