Since it’s Fashion Revolution week I wanted to take a moment to talk about a big problem in America, and that is our obsession with buying clothes! Did you know that people spend 20% more on clothes now than they did in the year 2000, buying 66 new garments on average every year!
I honestly find that statistic pretty crazy because I don’t even think I own 66 garments total, and not to mention having that much stuff gives me anxiety. Also if consuming more clothes wasn’t bad enough, people are also purging their closets more than ever before very person throwing away around 81 pounds of textiles annually (thank you Marie Kondo). Right now you might be thinking, “No Philip, you’re wrong, I donate mine”, but unfortunately most of the clothing you donate ends up in landfills where it can take 100’s of years to biodegrade, not to mention pollutes our water and air while sitting there.
What I personally take away from all of this is that people like to throw away their well earned money because buying something to just throw it away and then buying something else just seems pointless to me, especially when most of this stuff isn’t probably needed anyways. Now I don’t expect everyone to just magically stop consuming completely, but I do think we must stop carelessly filling our bags with disposable items and start filling our minds with awareness. So maybe before you make your next purchase take a moment to breathe and ask yourself a few very simple questions: do I really need this and will it make me happy for many years to come?