The other day over dinner, Parsons Boy brought up the subject of Fur, and in particular that he had read an article in defense of fur. The article reasoned that the production of Cotton (the bleach, the grinding machines, etc) was more detrimental to the environment than skinning animals alone. Fine, I don’t have empirical evidence on this, and a quick trawl on the Internet yielded no results for said article (Parsons Boy, how far into the Internet did you dig?).
It’s an interesting take on Fashion Ethics nonetheless.
In my opinion, the real Environmentalists invest in timeless, high-quality pieces that don’t need to be replaced. That’s what it means to Reduce consumption.
The real Environmentalists go vintage and scout thrift stores. That’s what it means to Reuse.
The real Environmentalists rework old pieces, or alter them. That’s what it means to Recycle.
You don’t actually have to bust your wallet to do your bit for the Earth. And I think in a country like Singapore where most don’t see the point in paying more for organic cotton, these three rules offer a practical and affordable way to stay environmentally-friendly.