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Post by Ploshkin on 9th April 2015, 9:32 am

I came across this link
http://aeon.co/video/society/unravel-how-india-recasts-the-clothes-the-west-throws-away/
The video is about 15 minutes & quite sobering to watch but it is why we do what we on this forum do.  If you haven't got time for the whole thing just watch the first few minutes.
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Post by Chilli-head on 9th April 2015, 4:02 pm

I have never understood this business of discarding quite useable clothes. But then, I don't enjoy clothes shopping. It takes me ages, and then I might easily find nothing I like. Being a middle aged man, nobody is really interested in my custom anyway. Probably just as well, they would not make much money - the few clothes I do find that I like get a lot of wear, because they are few. When not fit to wear in public, they will do for gardening, woodworking, etc. Then they are really worn out ! It does sometimes make me wonder why I bother when I see the waste some people generate without a second thought.

The one thing to take heart from in a tiny way from that video I suppose is that they were actually re-cycled into something.
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Post by freebird on 9th April 2015, 7:16 pm

It's taken a bit a perseverance to watch the video. Wouldn't load on the laptop and froze.

To hear their views on Western women makes me feel ashamed to be one of them. I rarely indulge in new clothes and more often buy from charity shops. That video really brings home the appalling scale of waste.

Thanks for posting it Ploshkin.
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Post by Chilli-head on 12th November 2015, 4:33 pm

I thought of this video watching Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall's latest series. The mountain of discarded, hardly used clothing was depressing, as were some of the people who seemed to need to constantly buy stuff to make themselves feel good. Do young people not have hobbies these days ?

Praisworthy though these celebrity campaigns are, I do fear that they are largely preaching to the converted though. Hope I'm wrong !
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Post by Dandelion on 12th November 2015, 10:18 pm

I know what you mean - if you're interested enough to watch it, you probably already care enough to live more sustainably. I've missed this week's programme, but I did make a point of buying some less-than-perfect parsnips last weekend!!

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Post by Chilli-head on 13th November 2015, 7:54 am

Ah yes, the less than perfect veg. If I threw out all the veg from the allotment that was less than supermarket aesthetic standard, I'd have nothing left !

We're sending C-H jnr to school with all homegrown veg to make his cottage pie in cookery today. He watched HFW's programme, so now he can feel he's doing his bit !
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Post by freebird on 7th January 2016, 2:35 pm

Well now there's a funny thing. I am quite sure I recall mentioning I didn't know what to do with an inherited fur coat - remember mentioning not wanting to attract animal rights attention, and Hairyloon saying blow them, just do it.

Anyway, can't find anything. So, I've been wanting to be rid of a fur coat that belonged to my late partner's mother. Looked on ebay, but 99% had no bids, so thought it not worth trying. Did some internet research, and after some dead ends, came upon a chance comment in some forum (ha, ha, did a typo and put furum) that some animal rights organisation would take them.

Went to the animal rights own website and they most certainly do. They donate fur coats to homeless people, to refugees that encounter colder temperatures, and also use them for bedding for orphaned animals. Any of those are fine in my book - so packed it up and sent it off today. Hooray. I've had that wretched thing for 12 or 13 years now, and am so glad to be rid of it at last.

Now to deal with surplus motorcycle gear.....
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Post by Ploshkin on 7th January 2016, 4:10 pm

Funny you should say that Freebird, only very recently I'd heard of an animal charity taking unwanted furs for needy sick animals. If you'd asked the question now that is what I would have said.
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Post by Chilli-head on 7th January 2016, 4:54 pm

You're not imagining it FB - it was in this thread. Glad you found a worthwhile (and safe !) way of passing it on.

I had a thought over Christmas that I ought to clear out some of the clothes I don't wear anymore. But then I started pulling them out of my wardrobe and realising that what goes around comes around, and they look quite acceptably fashionable again now. Hope they still fit !

Mind you, it may in part wishful thinking because I hate clothes shopping. It's a bit like the effect when backpacking - you shove dirty T shirts down the bottom of your rucksack, and a fortnight later, when there is no alternative but to waste time in a coin operated laundry or to buy more clothes, you rummage through your pack, find the ones that were considered dirty towards the start of the holiday and think "that'll do - it looks relatively respectable !"
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Post by Dandelion on 7th January 2016, 10:32 pm

freebird wrote:
Went to the animal rights own website and they most certainly do. They donate fur coats to homeless people, to refugees that encounter colder temperatures, and also use them for bedding for orphaned animals. Any of those are fine in my book - so packed it up and sent it off today. Hooray. I've had that wretched thing for 12 or 13 years now, and am so glad to be rid of it at last.

Now to deal with surplus motorcycle gear.....

So is the rationale behind this that the animal rights organisation would prefer the fur to have some useful purpose, rather than being thrown away, but they don't want it seen as a status symbol?

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Post by freebird on 7th January 2016, 11:13 pm

Yes, I think that's exactly right, Dandelion.
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Post by Dandelion on 8th January 2016, 3:55 pm

Sounds good to me!

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Post by Jaded Green on 8th January 2016, 5:49 pm

I think it is an excellent. idea. LMJ wore her grandma's 70 year old fur coat one cold winter. As did I about 40 years ago.
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Post by FloBear on 8th January 2016, 6:06 pm

What a good idea, freebird. And good on you for being persistent in your searches!
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