Many people spend a lot of time making sure the food they eat and the products they use are naturally produced and environmentally friendly.

We wear clothes every day and most people will be spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding what to wear. That generally means a wardrobe of clothes for every season and in all styles, fabrics and colours.

But do you ever stop to think about what goes into the manufacture of clothing?

“Apparel and footwear industries currently account for 8 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, nearly as much as that of the whole European Union, according to a recent industry report, Measuring Fashion “- ABC News

‘Fashion’s Dirty Secrets’: Stacey Dooley Shocked By A Vast Sea Turned To Dust, All Because Of Cotton

BBC/HELLO HALO/OLIVIA STRONG: Stacey Dooley stands where there was once a vast stretch of sea.

As Stacey Dooley walks across a dried up desert that was formerly an inland sea in Kazakhstan, you see a look of complete despair cross her face. The disappearance of the Aral sea is one of the biggest environmental disasters linked to the garment industry. What was once home to thousands of fish and wildlife is now a vast desert sparsely populated by the odd shrub or camel.

The reason for its disappearance is simple: rivers that once ran into the sea were diverted, primarily to keep cotton fields supplied with water. And it’s impacted everything from the weather (harsher summers and winters) to the health of the local community.

But did I know that cotton was capable of this?” she added, waving her hand at the barren landscape surrounding her. “Of course I didn’t. I had no idea.”  More…

Source: The Independent

Clothes exchange party – swap till you drop!

After watching the BBCs ‘Fashion’s Dirty Secrets’ and learning about how much the production of ‘fast fashion’ damages our climate, local residents, Sian & Hannah, decided to host a Clothes Exchange Party at EJ’s in Çalış.

People brought unwanted clothes/shoes/handbags for which they were given tokens which were then be exchanged for items brought along by other participants.

Fashion's Dirty Secrets leads to clothes exchange party in Çalış

The event proved to be a huge success and Sian & Hannah, along with helpers, Christine & Mandie, are now looking to hold further Exchange Parties in Üzümlü, Fethiye and Ovacık during the winter period.

To make sure you don’t miss out, join the newly created Facebook page ‘Fethiye Against Climate Change’ where you will also find information on how you can help the environment both locally and globally.