The last thing we think of as polluting is our clothing. But In
fact, there are environmental repercussions to all types of clothes.
Polyester and other man-made materials are petroleum based, and
"natural" materials undergo a great deal of chemical treatment
before reaching the store. The cotton Industry alone is the third
largest user of pesticides
in the world.
The wardrobe department will have its greatest Impact In Its choice
of cleaning and maintenance.
MATERIALS: If you are sewing costumes, be aware
of the materials you choose.
• Animal-derived materials like fur are produced at the expense
of great suffering by the animal. Avoid supporting the industries
that produce these products.
• Synthetic materials like plastic and polyester are made
from petroleum through a series of toxic processes.
• Dyes: Use natural dyes. Most directors of photography prefer
off-white to white in any case, as white is highly reflective. If
you need to dull your whites, soak the garments in tea to take the
HANGERS: If you are buying your own hangers, buy
metal ones, and wood for the heavy clothes. These products are more
durable than plastic.
CLEANING: Most brand name detergents are
to the environment
and contain components such as whiteners which are carcinogens and
allergens, Use biodegradable detergents.
• Dry cleaning is a process that incorporates chlorinated
compounds which are toxic and a threat to the
ozone. Try to find alternatives to dry cleaning; Most labels call
for dry cleaning or hand washing.
Many Chinese laundries still hand wash. Give them your business.
LEFTOVER MATERIAL: Give scraps of material you,
cannot use to a public school art department. The children can make
puppets and collages with them. If you have a large surplus, donate
it to thrift stores or Material
for the Arts.