Everything we own was once a part of nature. Precious raw materials are taken from the earth, or grown from within it. That includes our clothes and accessories - that silky top, that cosy sweatshirt, those pointy shoes.
But raw materials are not in infinite supply, and the way we use them can be harmful, polluting our natural environment. It can be hard to know exactly what journey an item of clothing took before it arrived with us: how much energy and water was used; whose hands stitched it together, and were they paid fairly for their work?
That is why, in support of Fashion Revolution week from 19 to 25 April, NLWA is celebrating the growing movement of treasuring what you already have. So let’s cherish:
- The memories that our clothes and accessories hold.
- Heirlooms – precious clothing or accessories that you have inherited or that you would like to give to a loved one at some point.
- Taking care of, mending, and extending the life of your clothes and accessories.
- The joy of reusing a loved item of clothing.
- And if buying something new, being mindful of the materials used, how it was made and where, and who made it.
If we take care of our clothes, they can last us a lifetime - or maybe more.