Is clothing sustainable?
How long does it take for a piece of clothing to decompose in a landfill? Well, it depends on the fabric, of course, but it can go anywhere from 6 months with something like cotton to over 100 years with fabrics such as polyester and lycra. That’s a lot of gas-emitting time we’d rather save our environment from, right? We won’t even get into the amount of resources needed to produce new clothes and the business behind fast fashion or why should we all reconsider where and how often do we buy new clothes.
When we started out, we knew bamboo straws were always a must in our catalogue, there was never a doubt we would be selling them. The question came around what we were going to sell them in…
We could buy new little organic cotton bags to put them in, just like most people do, or maybe create a bamboo cover. None of these options seemed quite right as we were talking about producing new items. We try to inspire people to reduce and reuse every day, so honestly, what kind of authority would we have?
So here’s our (I think) creative solution. We stopped by a local tailor who had plenty of fabric scraps that go to the bin and, therefore, a landfill, everyday. We collaborate with him and take these home with us in order to give the scraps a new life as Bamboo straw bags!
With the bigger scraps, we are now making grocery bags that you can take with you to the supermarket to avoid getting plastic bags! Each of them is different and unique, given that the cloth that we get is from different fabrics, colours and patterns. Isn’t that beautiful?