Photographer Hannah Reyes explores fashion waste on “What We Carry”
The environmental docu show is a collaboration between National Geographic and Prada
Oct 3, 2019
We’ve talked about the waste involved in fashion a lot here at Nolisoli.ph. Case in point: this series where we investigated how long it takes for clothes (especially gym wear) to decompose.
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We know you love sportswear and the comfort that comes it (we know, we lowkey love it, too) so we hate to break it to you that they're just as bad as plastic for our environment. 🙁 Did you know that your gym clothes made with polyester, spandex, or lycra can take up to 200 years to decompose? We know, they will outlive you but that's not the worst part. Until they fully decompose, they can infiltrate waterways or affect marine ecosystems. We've listed down some solutions you can do to help you help the environment. Link in bio. Art by @tricia.guevara #nolisoliph
Here’s the thing: There’s already so much waste created during the manufacturing of clothes. According to the UN Conference on Trade and Development, the clothing and textile industry is the “second most polluting industry in the world,” and it uses up so many resources (“7,500 litres of water [is used] to make a single pair of jeans”).
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What We Carry Episode 4: Ganzhou, China. Spanning five continents via land and sea, the #Prada Re-Nylon #sustainability initiative spearheads a cyclical, renewable supply chain, creating recycled Econyl nylon from discarded materials. Watch the new #Prada film, produced by @natgeo, via link in bio. #PradaNylon #sustainable
To investigate different initiatives to lessen “pre-consumer waste in the fashion industry,” National Geographic explorer and former Southern Living cover person Hannah Reyes Morales, along with Chinese actor Wei Daxun, flew to China for the fourth episode of the documentary series “What We Carry.” It’s a fitting episode for the photographer: as she shared with us in her cover story, she used to fund her living and work expenses by scouring thrift shops and reselling them online and at bazaars.
ICYDK, “What We Carry” is a docu series made by Prada in collaboration with National Geographic. Its part of their “econyl” campaign—”starting in 2021, Prada will use only regenerated nylon for its products, an eco-friendly material called “econyl” made from plastic waste recovered from the oceans or destined for landfill and then regenerated.” “What We Carry” visits the places all around the globe that the brand has tapped as a source for the fiber.
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