The Environmental Impact of Clothing and How to Reduce Your Clothing Consumption | Effaith Amgylched

What impact does your shopping habits have on the planet?

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Global clothing sales reached $1.5 trillion in 2021 not surprising when everyone loves shopping! But what impact does this have on the environment? The average cotton t-shirt can release just over 2kg of carbon dioxide equivalent into the atmosphere and the fashion industry accounts for 8-10% of all global carbon emissions – that’s more than aviation and shipping combined! The shocking impact of our shopping habits is becoming more and more clear with the research into climate change causes forever increasing, but how can we help?

We’ve got some great tips to get even the most avid fashionistas to reduce their clothing consumption!

Repeating Outfits

41% of 18–25-year-olds felt pressure to wear a different outfit every time they go out (especially felt in young women at 47%) and 1 in 6 young people don’t feel they can wear an outfit again once it’s been seen on social media. Not surprising with the messages of the horrors of outfit repeating shown on social media.

But there are great ways to reuse clothing in your wardrobe even if you’re not fully onboard for full outfit repeating! Try changing the garments used together in an outfit to create a different look! Or you can just change the accessories to give a different vibe to an outfit. This can make a fun activity to do with your friends to give you different ideas, and means you’ve got loads of ideas next time you’re going out!

Second Hand Clothing

Buying second hand clothing is a great way to get new clothes, without the huge environmental impact of producing clothing! Known as “thrifting”, this is becoming a widespread trend on social media such as Tik Tok. You can find great things at cheaper prices (who doesn’t like saving money?), while still keeping the buzz of shopping!

One method of doing this is charity shops, and you’re in luck because Cardiff has a great variety of charity shops! There’s a wide range of charity shops on Crwys Road and Albany Road, meaning they’re conveniently located near many student houses. Our top pick if you’re willing to travel a bit, is the Cancer Research Superstore in the East of the City. This charity shop is one of just 30 across the whole of the UK and is much bigger than most traditional charity shops, plus prices are all below £5 meaning that it is extremely affordable as well! The extra benefit of charity shops is the fact that you’re giving back to charity, as well as the environment.

Another second-hand source is a great option for those who love online shopping! Depop and Vinted are online second-hand clothing websites and apps where people can sell their clothes that they don’t want any more. You can find some great items without even having to leave your bed! This is also a great method to earn some extra cash if you have clothes you don’t want as well, as someone else is likely to want something similar!

Finally, if you want to create a unique style that will make you stand out from the crowd, Vintage Shops are a great idea! Cardiff is known for its vintage shops in the arcades, and our very own store in the Students Union (), where you can find pieces that often quite rare. You’re not going to find someone in the same outfit as you when shopping in here!

Clothing Swaps

As much of 73% of clothes in UK wardrobes weren’t worn last year, meaning that there is a great untapped source of clothing here! Get your friends together with clothes that they don’t wear any more and swap clothes to create a whole new wardrobe. If you don’t want to give your pieces away, you can do it for a moth or so and then give the clothing back! This method is very versatile, and more importantly, completely free while giving you an evening to enjoy your friends’ company and chat about fashion!

Repairing Clothes

Everyone has that item of clothing that they love and then the button has fallen off, but don’t chuck it away, repair it! Most clothing breakages can easily be fixed with some hand sewing and there are many clothing repair tutorials on YouTube, such as this video which teaches you how to sew broken seams and other social media sites to help you with it! This helps prevent clothing from going into landfill.

Upcycling

Reinventing the clothes you don’t wear can be great fun and gives you brand new unique clothes to wear without the environmental damage! There are many different ways you can rework or combine items of clothing together to create a whole new look for it! Methods such as dyeing clothes, altering their length, or, if you’re feeling ambitious, making a whole new garment are great ways to create new clothes while having a laugh!

Any ways to reduce your clothing consumption is great, so don’t feel you have to do it all at once! Just start working on a few methods and then you’ll be an environmental fashionista in no time!

Emily Wright | Business Management with Marketing | Year 1

For more resources:

Fast Fashion 101: Everything You Need to Know
 

Cyrhaeddodd werthiant dillad byd-eang $1.5 triliwn yn 2021, does dim  syndod wrth ystyried fod pawb wrth eu bodd yn siopa! Ond pa effaith mae hyn yn ei gael ar yr amgylchedd? Gall y crys-t cotwm cyffredin ryddhau ychydig dros 2kg o garbon deuocsid i'r atmosffer ac mae'r diwydiant ffasiwn yn cyfrif am 8-10% allyriadau carbon byd-eang - mae hynny'n fwy nag effaith hedfan a llongau gyda'i gilydd! Mae effaith ein harferion siopa yn dod yn fwyfwy amlwg gyda'r ymchwil i achosion newid yn yr hinsawdd yn cynyddu o hyd, ond sut gallwn ni helpu?

Mae gennym ni awgrymiadau gwych i gael hyd yn oed y ffasiwnwyr mwyaf brwd i leihau eu defnydd o ddillad!

Ailwisgo Gwisgoedd

Mae 41% o bobl 18-25 oed teimlo pwysau i wisgo gwisg wahanol bob tro y byddent yn mynd allan (yn enwedig yn teimlo mewn merched ifanc -  47%) a dyw 1 o bob 6 o bobl ifanc ddim yn teimlo y gallan nhw wisgo gwisg eto unwaith y bydd wedi cael ei gweld ar gyfryngau cymdeithasol. Nid yw'n syndod gyda'r negeseuon negyddol o ran ailwisgo gwisgoedd a ddangosir ar gyfryngau cymdeithasol.

Ond mae yna ffyrdd gwych o ailddefnyddio dillad yn eich cwpwrdd dillad hyd yn oed os nad ydych chi'n gwbl barod i ailadrodd gwisg lawn! Ceisiwch newid y dillad a ddefnyddir gyda'i gilydd mewn gwisg i greu golwg wahanol! Neu gallwch chi newid yr ategolion i roi naws wahanol i wisg. Gall hyn wneud gweithgaredd hwyl i'w wneud gyda'ch ffrindiau i roi syniadau gwahanol i chi, ac mae'n golygu bod gennych chi lawer o syniadau y tro nesaf y byddwch chi'n mynd allan!

Dillad Ail Law

Mae prynu dillad ail law yn ffordd wych o gael dillad newydd, heb effaith amgylcheddol enfawr cynhyrchu dillad newydd! Mae'n cael ei adnabod fel “thrifting”, mae hyn yn dod yn duedd boblogaidd ar gyfryngau cymdeithasol fel TikTok. Gallwch ddod o hyd i bethau gwych am brisiau rhatach (pwy sydd ddim yn hoffi arbed arian?), tra'n dal i gadw'r hwyl sy'n rhan o siopa!

Un dull o wneud hyn yw siopau elusen, ac rydych chi mewn lwc oherwydd mae gan Gaerdydd amrywiaeth wych o siopau elusen! Mae yna amrywiaeth eang o siopau elusen ar Heol Crwys ac Albany Road, sy'n golygu eu bod mewn lleoliad cyfleus ger llawer o dai myfyrwyr. Ein dewis gorau os ydych chi'n fodlon teithio ychydig, yw'r Archfarchnad Ymchwil Canser yn Nwyrain y Ddinas. Mae’r siop elusen hon yn un o ddim ond 30 ar draws y DU gyfan ac mae’n llawer mwy na’r rhan fwyaf o siopau elusen traddodiadol, ac mae’r prisiau i gyd yn is na £5 sy’n golygu ei fod yn hynod fforddiadwy hefyd! Mantais ychwanegol siopau elusen yw'r ffaith eich bod yn rhoi yn ôl i elusen, yn ogystal â'r amgylchedd.

Mae ffynhonnell ail-law arall yn opsiwn gwych i'r rhai sy'n caru siopa ar-lein! Mae Depop a Vinted yn wefannau ac apiau dillad ail law ar-lein lle gall pobl werthu eu dillad nad ydyn nhw eu heisiau mwyach. Gallwch ddod o hyd i rai eitemau gwych heb hyd yn oed orfod gadael eich gwely! Mae hwn hefyd yn ffordd wych o ennill rhywfaint o arian ychwanegol os oes gennych chi ddillad nad ydych chi eu heisiau, gan fod rhywun arall yn debygol o fod eisiau rhywbeth tebyg!

Yn olaf, os ydych chi am greu steil unigryw a fydd yn gwneud ichi sefyll allan o'r dorf, mae siopiau Vintage yn syniad gwych! Mae Caerdydd yn adnabyddus am ei siopau o'r fath yn yr arcedau, a’n siop ein hunain yn Undeb y Myfyrwyr ( ), lle gallwch ddod o hyd i ddarnau sy’n aml yn eithaf prin. Dydych chi ddim yn mynd i ddod o hyd i rywun yn yr un wisg â chi wrth siopa yma!

Cyfnewid Dillad

Ni wisgwyd cymaint â 73% o ddillad o fewn cypyrddau dillad yn y DU y llynedd, sy'n golygu bod hyn yn ffynhonnell wych o ddillad heb eu cyffwrdd! Dewch â'ch ffrindiau at ei gilydd gyda dillad nad ydyn nhw'n eu gwisgo mwyach a chyfnewidwch dillad i greu cwpwrdd dillad cwbl newydd. Os nad ydych am roi eich darnau i ffwrdd, gallwch gyfnewid am ryw fis ac yna rhoi'r dillad yn ôl! Mae'r dull hwn yn amlbwrpas iawn, ac yn bwysicach fyth, yn hollol rhad ac am ddim tra'n rhoi noson i chi fwynhau cwmni eich ffrindiau a sgwrsio am ffasiwn!

Trwsio Dillad

Mae gan bawb y dilledyn hwnnw maen nhw'n ei garu ond efallai mae'r botwm wedi cwympo i ffwrdd, ond peidiwch â'i daflu, trwsiwch ef! Mae'n hawdd trwsio'r rhan fwyaf o ddillad gyda pheth gwnïo â llaw ac mae llawer o diwtorialau atgyweirio dillad ar YouTube, megis y fideo hwn sy'n eich dysgu sut i wnio semau sydd wedi torri a gwefannau cyfryngau cymdeithasol eraill i'ch helpu chi! Mae hyn yn helpu i atal dillad rhag mynd i safleoedd tirlenwi.

Uwchgylchu

Gall ailbwrpasu'r dillad nad ydych chi'n eu gwisgo fod yn llawer o hwyl ac mae'n rhoi dillad unigryw newydd sbon i chi eu gwisgo heb y difrod amgylcheddol! Mae yna lawer o wahanol ffyrdd y gallwch chi newid neu gyfuno eitemau o ddillad gyda'i gilydd i greu rhywbeth hollol newydd! Mae dulliau fel lliwio dillad, newid eu hyd, neu, os ydych chi'n teimlo'n uchelgeisiol, gwneud dilledyn cwbl newydd, yn ffyrdd gwych o greu dillad newydd wrth gael hwyl!

Mae unrhyw ffyrdd o leihau eich defnydd o ddillad yn wych, felly peidiwch â theimlo bod yn rhaid i chi wneud y cyfan ar unwaith! Dechreuwch weithio ar ychydig o ddulliau ac yna byddwch chi'n fashionista amgylcheddol mewn dim o amser!

Emily Wright | Rheolaeth Fusnes gyda Marchnata | Blwyddyn 1

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