New York Metropolis’s annual textile waste – as tall because the Empire State Constructing

While part of the look has left New York City for Milan shows, the conversation about textile waste continues.

Every year, New Yorkers send around 200,000 tons of clothes, shoes, and accessories to the landfill – or the equivalent of the entire height of the Empire State Building, according to the Sanitation Foundation.

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“Last year was such a success and we had so much momentum [ReFashion Week 2020]”Said Julie Raskin, executive director of the Sanitation Foundation, the nonprofit that is hosting the third annual ReFashion Week alongside DonateNYC, a program run by the New York Department of Hygiene.

In June, the DSNY saw its operating budget cut by $ 106 million. Later, the then Commissioner Kathryn Garcia would resign as she pursues a mayoral run. Raskin stressed that “the issue of textile waste has not gone away and awareness has increased” which means that the moment is right to act.

While recycling of metal, glass and paper has been mandatory in New York City since 1989, the question remains: will it be textiles’ turn?

If cross-sector support is a reality, then Raskin thinks “yes”.

“The first ReFashion week three years ago only highlighted the economy and reuse sectors and was produced exclusively by DonateNYC,” she said. “Last year my organization went out of the way to really make it a cross-sectoral experience because we realized that this is not a problem that government or the private sector can solve on their own.”

The event, an awareness game about the New York City waste network, began last Friday and runs through the end of this week with a full calendar of events. As in previous years, the designers Heron Preston and Eileen Fisher as well as Fashion Revolution are taking part.

Throughout the event, solutions for better inventory management and 3D printing were presented in discussions about fair wages. “Every brand that was involved really hits a slightly different aspect. I like how it’s grounded in practical things New Yorkers can do, ”she said.

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In a conversation that was attended by experts from textile manufacturer Lenzing, the open source platform Version Tomorrow and the circular economy of Global Fashion Exchange, the obstacles to the zero waste movement were addressed and visions of hope for a “fashion utopia “Commanded by tomorrow. In a broader sense, businesses are increasingly being viewed as things from furniture to food to fashion with non-toxic fibers, with the intersectionality of fashion and frugality at the center.

One of the “practical things” or takeaways for citizens is the use of the 1,462 RefashionNYC bins (a slight increase from last year) that are available across the city. Although the sites have taken a brief hiatus due to COVID-19 lockdowns, Raskin is hoping for further increases in usage and installation.

This year, virtual marketplaces were also added at ReFashion Week to cushion the physical retail losses, especially for independent brands, while also combating zoom fatigue. “I really enjoyed bringing the marketplace to life. That was really my love work, ”said Raskin. “Get to know people I knew and meet new people. What I heard from the vendors themselves is that closing retail stores was very helpful. “

Women-owned companies also took center stage, such as sustainable furniture company Sabai, Intimates brand Smart Glamor, organic underwear brand Knickey, and Kristy Caylor’s For Days brand.

Although there is much planned during the week, including a clubhouse talk with a charitable remake and a documentary screening of “True Cost,” Raskin is eagerly awaiting the Thrift runway show on Friday. Filmed in advance in the plumbing garages – one of many repair points for the fleet of more than 2,000 rear loader collection vehicles – Raskin said the backdrop gave the plumbing a special nod. Designer Heron Preston, board member of the foundation, will put on the final show.

The show culminates in looks designed by New York stylists like Gabriel Garmon and is an example of new modes of consumption.

“As one of the sustainability stylists, I can assure you that you will be pampered,” said Garmon. “We worked so hard to show how rewarding thrift really is and emphasized the importance of zero to little waste. The production on this year’s show is amazing too. I love the concept. “

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