The other week, I ripped my only pair of black jeans while bike riding around Canberra. It was only a small rip but it was pretty high up the leg, so I felt a little uncomfortable wearing them.
I have written before about fast fashion (if you missed that post, you’ll find it here), and how important it is to buy quality clothes that will last you a long time, rather than buying poor quality clothes that will likely last you a season before they being to stretch or rip. The pair that I had ripped were about $150 and they had lasted me about 5 years, which isn’t that bad. So, the next day, I went into David Jones, found a really nice pair of $200 black jeans, and thought I would spend the money and they would last hopefully a few more years than my previous pair.
But my inner uni student started to chime in, saying “don’t be an idiot, you’re not really about to spend $200 on a pair of jeans?” As I was contemplating this choice in the change room, I remembered reading somewhere how much water it takes to produce one pair of jeans.
7570 Litres of water go into the average pair of jeans.
Let me put that in perspective for you. The average person uses 150 litres of water per day. It would take them around 50 days to use the same amount of water as it takes to produce a single pair of jeans.
So with that in mind, I decided to go home (without the jeans) and fix the rip in my old jeans. Our natural instincts are to go out and replace something that is broken, but could you imagine how much waste would be saved if we fixed things instead? I have no idea how to sew, but I googled it and gave it a go. It might not have done the best job, but at least it will make these jeans last a little longer, and I’ve saved $200!
If you really cant sew, then take it to someone who can fix it! Usually I would give my broken clothes to my Nonna and she would take care of them, but living away from home, that wasn’t really an option. But I definitely think she would be proud of my handy work!
I hope this little post has made you rethink your choices when it comes to replacing broken things. This isn’t just for clothes but can be applied to all sorts of things, like furniture, phones, literally anything!
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