Sep 25, 2019
What happens to our clothes once
we get rid of them? Sustainability encourages that we ask *how* our
clothes are made but few ask where they go at the end of their life
cycle. Recorded at the University of Cincinnati, we sit down with
former DAAP educator Elizabeth Ricketts about the clothing waste
crisis, the invisible world of the second-hand clothing economy as
seen in Accra, Ghana.
- (00:57) Intro: Liz’s Back Ground
- (02:02) Today’s Topic: The Afterlife of Clothing
- (02:51) What is sustainability and what it's not
- (05:08) We are past the point of conferences
- (05:37) Extracting finite resources
- (07:47) Dissonance: Clothing as Waste
- (08:33) Waste: Assumed Part of the Business
- (09:19) Abundance vs Excess (Grocery Store)
- (11:42) Recycling New Savior
- (14:20) Not “Goodwill” Deficit Statistics
- (16:30) Research in Ghana: Landfill or Donate?
- (19:35) Went to Ghana with 3 Questions
- (21:17) Kantamanto and Ghana’s independence
- (24:40) The Value of Clothing Bails
- (26:04) The Importers and the Retailers
- (27:24) What are Selections?
- (29:00) Waste-Streams in Ghana
- (34:29) Why Katamanto represents the future of fashion.
- (36:03) How do we get people to care?
- (38:32) The future is local
- (41:52) Knowledge is Experience - and how this applies to
- (45:03) Age and dissonance
- (46:23) What you can do today to understand the waste
- (50:12) Why single-use t-shirts are killing the industry.
Links & Resources:
University of Cincinnati - DAAP School of Design
Burberry Clothing Fire
Cradle to Cradle by William McDonough