Fashion Future

Policy Change > Individual Action

No matter how much we bring our own bag or promote second-hand clothing, corporations are moving at lighting speed producing items destined for the landfill, with little regard for the impact their business has on the enviorment. For the last 60 years, manufacturers have defined waste as a it pertains to a loss of productivity, subsidizing their profits through a lack of care for the actual physical waste they promote on the front and back ends of production. Corporations drove down the cost of production by externalizing these costs onto nature.

The government must mandate ethical practices and tax accordingly. We are pummeling forward on a dangerous path, one we already can’t come back from. Landfills aren’t meant to decompose waste, only to store it. In America, we send a whopping 63,000 truckfulls of garbage to these sites DAILY.

An estimated one third of all landfill is packaging waste. Sixty million plastic water bottles make their way into the landfill on a daily basis. Recycling systems are a bandaid on the issue of consumption; 91% of plastic produced has not been recycled— we need to dramatically slow our production and therefor our consumption. The burden cannot be on the individual to curb this waste. In fact, back in the 1970s, when enviornmentalists first petitioned to curb plastic production, lobbyists spent their money and time to market an anti-littering campaign, suggesting plastic isn’t the problem, but individuals littering was the real issue. This muddled people’s focus and diluted the effort to curb the amount of plastic that was being produced for consumption. Disposable culture was designed for profit; it was a “cultivated, nurtured outcome", rather than a natural byproduct of capitalsm”, as Heather Rogers reported in her pivotal book GONE TOMORROW.

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Kathleen Hoelck Goblé