People in Indonesia often flock to buy new clothes for Eid. This behavior has become part of the Eid tradition in Indonesia. However, this tradition secretly poses a threat to the environment. This increase in clothing purchases certainly presents a great advantage for traders. The turnover that clothing merchants get at times like this can be doubled. Unfortunately, it actually has the potential to harm the environment. When demand for clothes increases, production units upstream will use more raw material resources. This will pose a threat, namely an increase in the production of textile waste.
Meanwhile, downstream or sales units will experience an abundance of used clothes. These used clothes require extra care to be resold. This extra care can be in the form of washing that requires a lot of detergent. These threats can increase the production of fashion waste in the environment.
Prabang Setyono, an environmental expert at the Universitas Sebelas Maret (UNS) Surakarta, responded to this phenomenon. According to Prabang, the symbolic culture of Eid clothes has a positive meaning. However, in practice it must be balanced with a wise attitude to dress. "The culture actually has a good symbolic meaning, only the physical meaning does not have to be with new clothes, but good clothes that have been stored for a long time but have not been used or are rarely used," said Prabang as quoted on the UNS official website on Wednesday, May 4, 2022.
For people who have already bought new clothes, Prabang provides several possible solutions. This professor in the field of environmental pollution advises the public to use a circular system of suitable clothes to wear. This system can be understood as the distribution of clothes that are considered too small or out of trend but can still be worn to people in need.
Instead of throwing away, this circular distribution system will not generate textile waste from the clothes. "For those who have bought clothes, clothes that are considered to be out of trend or no longer in use must be distributed to a business unit or shelter for clothes suitable for use to be distributed to other user communities so that their use is sustainable or sustainable," said the Head of the UNS Environmental Science Study Program. this.
Meanwhile, clothes that are no longer fit to be worn and must become trash can be enforced by a circular economic system. Prabang said the clothes can be sold to manufacturers with products that utilize waste clothes. Pieces of clothes can be turned into fillets or filling household properties such as sofa chairs and cushions.