Malcolm Rands: Looking after your clothes

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Sat, 18 Jul 2020, 12:05PM
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Malcolm Rands: Looking after your clothes

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Sat, 18 Jul 2020, 12:05PM

Looking after your clothes 

We buy 60% more clothes than we did 15 years ago, and almost all of them end up landfill. We can’t pretend people shop at the chains for heirlooms to pass down the generations, fast fashion has taken over. 

There is some good news though. 
 
The eco-industry is looking at new materials than will be more recyclable and regenerative. One is made from milk waste and another from algae. But right now, we need to slow down, take time to reconnect with our clothes and appreciate them again. 
 
And there are some things we can all do:

Buy quality, natural fibre and timeless styles 
Buy expensive designer second hand 
Use a gentle but efficient laundry product. Harsh cleaning wears your clothes out 
Re-dying our old clothes. Synthetic dyes can give you an exact colour match but does have toxicity issues. Glove up well! There are a huge number of natural dye options out there and it is becoming a fast growing hobbyist fieldMany everyday plants can be used and the pre-European Maori used. 
* Find your local cobbler and local tailor - many clothes and shoes can be repaired

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