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Opportunities to Make a Difference

Option #1

Tell your federal representative to pass extended producer responsibility

It will help address waste in the fashion sector and beyond by making producers responsible for their goods at end of life

Potential talking points

The fashion industry's model of selling high volumes of cheap goods is generating both massive carbon emissions and waste

The best first step to addressing this is making them accountable for their products at end of life

I urge you to pass extended producer responsibility for fashion products and beyond

Option #2

Help do your part as an individual consumer

Only buy what really excites you

Buy durable quality and from companies who make sustainable products

And make an attempt at repairing your garments when they need it to extend their life

Show Notes

Reason for Hope

In unanimous ruling, Hawaii’s supreme court is allowing Honolulu’s climate case against eight fossil fuel companies to move forward

In 2020, the city and county of Honolulu filed suit alleging the companies had deceived the public about the dangers of fossil fuels

The lawsuit seeks damages that the city and country are facing as a result of climate change

In April, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a request to move the case to federal court

Now with this ruling, the case will be allowed to move to trial

Statement from Shell "We do not believe the courtroom is the right venue to address climate change".


Honolulu climate case against oil cos can go to trial -Hawaii top court | Reuters

Main Topic

Between 2000 and 2015, the number of garments being produced by the fashion industry grew from 50 billion units to over 100 billion units

Over Consumption

  • It would take 5.1 earth's if everyone lived like the typical person in the U.S.
  • In Ethiopia, it would take just 0.6 earths

If they can't be turned into new garments, cotton fibers can be turned into other useful products like home insulation

Both the average European and Australian purchase roughly 15 kg of textiles per year


7 ways to break the fast fashion habit - and save the planet | World Economic Forum (

How many Earths? How many countries? - Earth Overshoot Day

UltraTouch™ Recycled Denim Insulation (

Textiles and the environment (

Australians buy almost 15kg of clothes every year and most of it ends up in landfill, report finds | Australia news | The Guardian

Resources to help get involved

Earth Logic: Fashion Action Research Plan – Kate Fletcher