On The Rise: Sustainability
Fashion has always been a huge part of my life, and it wasn't until recently, that I discovered how much of a negative impact the industry has on our planet. This impact is so huge that actually, the fashion industry is the second largest polluter in the WORLD (first being oil production). This is honestly crazy to me, and it made me realize how important it is to support the companies that do put in the effort to "detox" their clothing. Companies like Zara, HM, Adidas, J.Crew, Madewell, Everlane, and Reformation all make their effort to produce less waste along with releasing less chemicals into our air. You can also check out The Good Trade and this BuzzFeed list for a few more!
Currently, an organization that I have been loving is Blue Jeans Go Green, who is a huge supporter of sustainability. What do they do? Well, they have curated a denim recycling program to keep old, unwanted denim out of our landfills. This old denim is then broken down, and used as housing insulation.
Pretty cool, right? So far, they have recycled over 600 tons of denim, which is A LOT. That would be the same weight as 60 buses or 6 blue whales! This has kept over 1 million pieces of denim from our landfills.
How to Donate
Donating is so easy. Instead of throwing away your old, worn out jeans, or any type of denim really, just send it on over to Blue Jeans Go Green! They have their mailing address right on their website, which makes it super simple. If you don't want to go through the hassle of shipping it, your local Madewell (denim wonderland) takes donations in-store. They will even give you $20 off one pair of their denim, per pair that you donate for doing your part. This is awesome, and it doesn't even matter what brand (or condition) that you donate.