Cuz We are Living in a Material World…

By Kim Rayfield
October 3, 2019

Did you know that denim is perhaps the worst offender in the textile and garment waste problem? The garment industry employs one in every sixth person on Earth and it takes nearly 2,000 gallons of water to grow enough cotton to make one pair of blue jeans. On top of all that water waste, there is the issue of stone-washing, or acid-washing our denim. It is an incredibly toxic task for the workers (mostly in China & Vietnam) to get the hard work of distressing denim done. Thankfully there have been many technological developments to help with the processes used to make the 364 million pairs of denim sold in the U.S. alone. These new developments will certainly help with the quality of life for the garment workers and with the water waste, but it does not change the fact that Americans own, on average, 7 pairs of denim and buy 4 new pairs each year. Help break the cycle! We have consigned 250 pairs of jeans at our three locations in the last 7 days. By purchasing second-hand denim from Rags you are participating in a recycling system that directly helps everyone in your community. See you soon!

*source: From Fashionopolis: The Price of Fast Fashion and the Future of Clothes by Dana Thomas