Awareness of the impact of the clothing industry on environmental damage makes many people flock to make changes. How not, according to the findings of the Changing Markets Foundation released in June 2021, the clothing industry is responsible for more than 20 percent of water pollution in the world. It didn't stop there, the 2017 International Union for Conservation of Nature report showed that textiles will be the biggest source of marine microplastic pollution in the world. No wonder now that a sustainable lifestyle, one of which is in the consumption of clothing, is applied by many people who care about environmental sustainability.
For example, by reducing the lifestyle of consumerism, renting clothes so you don't have to buy new ones, what is currently becoming a trend is changing old clothes into new clothes. How to?
That is through upcycling fashion, which is changing old, worn or damaged clothes and turning them into something new.
In fact, clothes that no longer fit, are torn or stained can also be transformed into new products.
"For example, if there is a hole in the shirt, we fix it, we give the collar again or we redesign it again," said Indita Karina, a sustainable fashion expert from Setali Indonesia, in a talk show at Together(E) - International Virtual Modest Fashion Summit 2021, on Monday ( 6/12/2021).
"So instead of throwing (the clothes), it's better to make a new work by upcycling," he added.