You surely know by now that the textile making process is energy and resource intense and demanding. A good portion of the textiles are ending up in landfills because majority of people still discard their garments. As a consequence this is becoming a key source of greenhouse gas emissions, according to a report from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
With fast fashion your clothes quite likely will be outdated after less than a year. Even secondhand stores will reject items from fast-fashion brands, since inexpensive clothing often is of poor quality, with low resale value. And to be honest there’s just too much of it. So what can you do with all the clothes that you are never going to wear again? For example, just by giving them a new life you can drastically reduce your carbon footprint.
Make use of your old wardrobe = reduced carbon footprint
However, clothing and textiles are nearly a 100 percent recyclable. Even though the garbage can is way closer than the nearest recycling center, it's way better to donate your clothes, so they can be reused or recycled. If you donate the clothes you never wear you give them a new life with someone else. Or your old clothes could be used to create new pieces. Imagine your old clothes being used to create new ones. Pretty great, isn't it?
Additionally, by recycling clothes you probably won't wear again you are cutting down on the number of resources needed to produce new clothing and preventing more clothes from ending in landfills that are filling up. There are already mountains of discarded garments that end up in landfills. Your garments don't need to end up there.
Trashing clothes is also a huge waste of money since it costs millions of dollars annually to ship textiles to landfills and incinerators. Nationwide, a municipality pays $45 per ton of waste sent to a landfill. In New York City alone clothing and textiles account for more than six percent of all garbage, which accounts for 193.000 tons tossed annually, according to statistics from GrowNYC.
Make clothes and textiles a top-of-mind recyclable
People are more likely to throw their old clothes in the trash, and this problem is growing bigger and uglier every day. Only about 2 million tons, or 15.3 percent, of clothes are recovered for recycling annually. Put that in comparison to the 65.6 percent, or 46 million tons, of paper, according to EPA. An alarming situation considering the fact that it can take nature hundreds of years to decompose clothes and textile. When clothing isn't recycled it means more and more of it has to be produced. Which of course means more and more pollution.
The EPA states that clothes’ recycling today has an equivalent impact of removing one million cars from the nation’s roads. It is therefore clear that by making sure your old item is reused or recycled, you are having positive environmental impact.
So you and your pants can really make a difference. When you recycle, you conserve raw materials and natural resources. That means less materials and natural resources have to be extracted, refined, transported and processed, which results in less waste on the planet which lightens the burden on the earth. You also conserve the energy that’s needed in the manufacturing process. Less energy used means less needs to be generated, resulting in smaller carbon footprints and smaller amounts of greenhouse gases and emissions.
So next time you look at those holey pants or old sweaters – consider dropping it off at a recycling center or bin instead of tossing it in the trash.
Second hand to become first-hand choice in the future?
Imagine if brands start putting more focus on quality and less on low prices. This would mean higher value, longer lifespan for clothes and less waste. So you’ll be able to pass your clothes on to your daughter, sister and friends, and your clothes will last for years before being recycled. This would mean more value for you, the next generation and our planet.
At Dimmblá we make sure that none of the fabric off-cut – meaning all the fabric that is left after the design piece has been cut – are thrown away. Why waste beautiful fabric? We use it to make beautifully handmade accessories such as necklaces (see pic above). With small means we all can contribute and conserve natural resources.
Learn why not to buy clothes made of conventional cotton.
Here are some good news. Up to two-thirds of clothes’ carbon footprint happen after you take it home. So a lot of the unpleasant things in the fashion industry is actually in your hands to fix.
Yes, it’s super green to stay in dirty clothes, but we have better solutions. By choosing earth-friendly methods for laundry day you prolong the life of your clothes. And it's not even hard to do.
Eco-friendly laundry to preserve clothes and decrease your footprint
The greenest way to wash those dirty clothes is to do the laundry the old fashion way – with a washboard. However, unless you have several hours of free time this option for doing the laundry the green way isn’t very feasible nor efficient.
Let’s change our methods. Let’s do laundry the green way.
Read how to reduce your footprint by wearing your clothes a minimum 30 times.
Why you should have a homemade compost bin in your backyard!
Composting can divert as much as 30% of household waste away from the garbage can.
So imagine how much composting can help reduce landfill waste.
Fact: Many landfill waste are quickly filling up and one third is made up of compostable materials.
Additionally compost is the single most important supplement you can give your garden soil.
It's a free supplement, easy to make and good for the environment. What more can you ask for!
Composting offers a natural alternative to chemical fertilizers.
If you have the opportunity to compost, we certainly recommend you do it.
This is an easy step and it will reduce the waste in your garbage can.
At Dimmblá we think about all the costs in creating fashion - not just the price tag.
We think about the environmental footprint and the pounds of waste we generate. We want our products to help reduce the impacts on the environment. Everything from growing textile fibers and making fabric, dyeing, manufacturing, packaging, shipping and garment care.
Instead of using plastic bags for our scarves we create beautiful bags from fabric off-cuts - which you can use when travelling.
It seems nearly impossible to escape plastic in our every day lives.
Plastic is literally at your fingertips all day long.
Plastic keyboard, plastic framed computer and all the food and drinks served in plastic packaging.
Over the last ten years...
We have produced more plastic than during the whole of the last century. Plastic constitutes approximately 90 percent of all trash floating on the ocean's surface. Annually approximately 500 billion plastic bags are used worldwide according to plastic statistics from the organization Ocean Crusaders.
More than one million bags are used every minute. Virtually every piece of plastic that was ever made still exists in some shape or form.
So is it possible to go plastic free?
You can rise above plastic and minimize use of plastic in your every day live.
Here are 5 tips on how you can rise above plastic:
And finally spread the word.
Remember if thousands of people take action.
The positive effect would be enourmous.
If millions do.
Then it could change the earth.
We invite you to signup for free inspirational e-mails and learn how to adopt a natural lifestyle that will benefit you and the earth.
Here is the thing. Many people may not do a lot to save the environment but are careful to not make it any worse. It is called living carbon neutral.
If you embrace a natural lifestyle. That mandate generally extends to what’s hanging in your closet. Namely, clothing made from sustainable, natural materials such as organic cotton, silk, wool or linen.
While these natural materials can be slightly more expensive the long-term benefits to your health easily pay off.
The misconception is that conventional cotton which is a natural fabric is a good choice. We hate to break it to you but even though conventional cotton is a natural fabric it's production releases large amounts of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and contributes to climate change.
Most of the clothes that are hanging in peoples closets are made from conventionally produced cotton. Conventional cotton uses massive amounts of pesticides.
Besides sweatshops it also uses child labor and even slavery that is widespread in the industry.
Additionally, 29 million tons of cotton are produced a year. Even in some Western countries we use an amount of cotton that corresponds to more than 100 t-shirts per person.
No matter what choices you make as part of your natural lifestyle you are only as healthy as the world around you.
Who will benefit?
The planet benefits from environmental friendly clothing because it means one less person is buying chemically-treated, mass-produced clothing and less pollutants are ending up in our water and waste facilities.
With fast fashion the result is cheap production and a throwaway mind-set.
So are you seriously still thinking about buying the cheap t-shirt made in conventional cotton?
Hopefully that's not a difficult choice any longer!
It's Mother's day on Sunday.
What a great opportunity to give one of my best friend throughout my life, my mom, a something special on Sunday, Mother's day.
My mom is a big fan of the Dimmblá scarves.
She has to have them all.
She's been waiting to have Hret Ice scarf (picture above).
The colour pattern is the most flattering for her skin tone and her eye colour.
It will for sure be an easy task to make her happy with my Mother's day present!
BTW. My mom lives in Iceland.
And because she's "my mom" she has the benefit of receiving her Dimmblá scarf immediately.
Nevertheless if she would be living somewhere else in the world.
She would order her scarf online and have it shipped via DHL express and receive it in 2-3 days.
What's your mom's favourite colour?
Check out our selection here: link to store
Don't forget about this amazing person in your live.
Let's celebrate mother's day.
To all the moms in the world
Founder of Dimmblá
P.S. My mom has a shoulder to cry on, secrets to share.
Warm heart and hands that really care.
A tender smile to guide my way.
She's the sunshine to light my day.
She held my little hands for a short while
but she holds my heart forever.
Someone is losing out along the way, and it might even be you!
When buying cheap clothes you are maintaining the countless problems that are damaging the fashion industry such as excessive landfill waste, cotton fields that poison the surroundings and require huge amounts of water, not to mention the unbridled abuse of garment workers. These are just a few of the problems that afflict the fashion industry.
It's fun to make a bargain. However, it makes no sense when a shirt costs a little to nothing. It means that someone is losing out along the way, and it might even be you, the buyer, who thinks you’ve pulled a serious deal but have really just been deceived.
Fast fashion has created an appetite that must be resisted for the sake of the planet
What is the benefit of buying a cute top that is so cheap you feel like you have to buy it? Yes, you might wear it a few times until it goes to the bottom of the drawer.
You find it again a year later only to stuff it in a bag, take it to a consignment store; so it goes in a dumpster headed for landfill.
That shirt didn’t cost you very much at all, but it costs the planet quite a bit – or approximately 2.700 liters of water and approximately 4 kilos of carbon dioxide in its production and transportation alone… That’s a lot of resources for one shirt.
Fast fashion has created an appetite that must be resisted for the sake of the planet and our sanity. New shirts should not cost $7. If it does than get out of that store, fast!
How can we stop being tempted into buying a hot item?
The temptation of a hot item can leave us a year later with an emptier wallet and a useless thing?
When you buy a new outfit you should ask yourself "Am I going to wear it 30 times?". Using this rule you'll buy fewer and higher quality items.
Support your values every time you walk into a store. Support brands that align with your values and treat people, animals and the environment with respect.
Conscious consumption can also be a fashion statement because you are choosing a brand that is social responsible and supports a cause you care for.
Choose one topic to think about next time you go shopping
Actively choose brands that make their sustainability credentials clear in their marketing and have integrated it in both their purpose and products. Check if they are transparent and can be trusted with the future of the planet and communities.
Feel free to send us comments and questions on this topic. We'd love to hear from you
One of the most important thing in learning to "work your closet" is to learn how to wear the same piece in multiple different ways. Figuring out how to do that helps you to get more use out of your closet without having to buy more clothes. Imagine a piece being worn four, five, or even ten different ways is eye-opening and fun.
You can actually wear your one piece Dimmblá scarf in many different ways. South Africa's top female travel and lifestyle bloggers; Misha from Brandslut and Natalie from Tails of a mermaid, came to visit Iceland and fell in love with the Dimmblá scarves. They gave the scarves few different looks (variety is the way of life, right?!) and shared it with us. You can see their look below! Photo credit: Misha and Natalie
What's your favorite way to tie a scarf? Post it below or send us a question about fashion and accessorizing!
Pop up your outfit with a Dimmblá scarf and change it into a stunning vest, check out this video for a tip!
What is the importance of women's rights in the fashion world?
We believe there should always be equality wherever you are and human rights should always be valued. On October 24th 1975, 90% of Iceland's women refused to work, cook or look after children. The question was raised by women's movements why young men were taking home higher wages than women when their job was no less physically strenuous? The effect was incredible! Women from all walks of life, young and old, grannies and schoolgirls participated. The participation was so widespread because women from all the political parties and unions worked together, and made it happen. Iceland's men were barely coping. Not surprisingly this day was later referred to by them as "the long Friday".
Changes do not happen in a day but this is a powerful way of reminding society of the role women play in its running, their low pay, and the low value placed on their work inside and outside the home.
Companies can have a large impact by refusing to work with manufacturers that exploit their work force and should make a regular observation. If we accept this as a norm than there will be no changes.
We care for the people who make our clothing and value their experience and expertise. We choose a supplier that offers their staff a good environmental condition in the working place, good salaries, paid monthly holiday, no double or nights shifts, provides yearly bonuses and medical insurance. If companies exclude working with factories that do not incorporate human rights than we are one step ahead in making a change in the garment industry.
You as a consumer can have a powerful influence by being conscientious about who made your clothes and how they were made. Choose quality items that will last longer which means you might buy less but keep it for a longer period of time. This will reduce waste in your closet and also helps reduce waste on the planet. See if the brands you are already supporting are aligned with your own values. Choose sustainable brands that reduce their impact on earth and care about their workers.
It's international Women's day and we remind you to "Vote with your wallet" and shop conscientiously to help shape a better working world.
Participate today in our Women's day contest on Instagram and you'll have a chance to win a unique scarf from Dimmblá made in organic cotton & peace silk :)
The cotton industry is one of the dirtiest industries in the world. It uses enormous amounts of pesticides, and the use of child labor is common, according to "The World Counts" data.
In today’s culture of instant gratification, it's tempting to just to go out and buy something new, cheap, mass-produced and low quality whenever you want it. But good quality and Eco-friendly materials are kinder to the planet and your skin.
Most of our clothes are made from conventionally produced cotton. Conventional cotton uses massive amounts of pesticides besides sweatshops, child labor and even slavery that is widespread in the industry.
29 million tons of cotton are produced a year and the consumption of cotton varies a lot between countries. In some Western countries we use an amount of cotton that corresponds to more than 100 t-shirts per person.
The Organic Consumers Association recently posted an article called "The Dirty Secret About Your Clothes". The article reveals facts about the clothing industry and the affects of pesticides used in cotton fields, the harsh chemicals used in dyes, the toxic waste that pollutes rivers, and the chemically treated clothing that ends up in landfills. With fast fashion the result is cheap production and a throwaway mind-set.
So, when you buy clothing you should keep in mind that conventional textile manufacturing is tough on both the people who work in it and their land.
Ethical and sustainable fashion
Sustainable and ethical companies have an opportunity to change the status quo and be dedicated to both environmental and ethical practices throughout their production processes.
We want to have a positive impact on the environment and our goal is to reduce waste. We do that by using sustainable fabrics that are produced from crops requiring none to low level of chemicals to grow, use less water and leave less waste during production.
We choose a zero waste manufacturer that will be 100% solar powered in 2017. Solar power is energy from the sun that is converted into thermal or electrical energy. It is the cleanest and most abundant renewable energy source available.
Eco-friendly laundry detergents such as nut berry soap is used for washing our fabric and the water is than reused in the vegetable garden in the factory. Besides from using only environmental friendly fabrics in our design we care for the people who make our clothing and we value their experience and expertise. We choose a partner that offers their staff a good environmental conditions in the working place, good salaries, paid monthly holiday, no double or nights shifts, provides yearly bonuses and medical insurance.
We believe it is essential to encourage environmental friendly, ethical business and more conscientious shopping practices because nature is essential to us and we need to protect our world for today's and tomorrow's generations".