'옷 공유'의 역사(The History of The Clothing Exchange)
Clothing Exchanges have been around for as long as people have had clothes to trade. However the Clothing Exchange as we know it today became popular during the heavy rationing during World War II.
Clothing Exchanges were popular during World War II.
These community events brought neighbors together to get though tough economic times. It was the gold standard for the penny-wise and thrifty to keep themselves and their families fashionable.
Today it remains the smart way to keep your clothing budget in-line but there is greater and greater thought given to the moral implications of people as they shop. The green factor.
In America environmentalism isn’t a trend, or a cult, or a form of hysteria. It is rooted in American philosophy and, being at once innovative and practical, idealistic and active, one could easily define modern green movement as quintessentially American.
After WWII, environmental efforts were focused on conservation of land, such as parks and beaches, rather than personal issues like food safety or consumer products. That soon changed. The 1948 disaster at Donora (called the “death fog”) prompted national outcry. People started to call for more responsibility from corporations.
85 percent of the 70 pounds of textiles the average American purchases each year ends up in a landfill. Above is a glimpse at (much smaller) Australia's fabric waste.
As the movement evolved people started to look inward at what they could do as individuals to save the places they lived and worked from becoming a wasteland, including cutting their own consumption and waste.
According to the non-profit Institute for Local Self-Reliance, textiles make up about four percent of the weight and eight percent of the volume of all municipal solid waste in the U.S.
According to the commercial recycling company U’SAgain, some 85 percent of the 70 pounds of textiles the average American purchases each year ends up landfilled. That means the typical U.S. city with 50,000 residents has to pay (with local tax dollars) for the handling and disposal of some 3,000 tons of textiles every year. The shame of such waste is that many of the textiles are are clothes that are still in good shape or have never been worn at all.
The ‘Official’ Clothing Exchange is a community event that started in 1998 to help teachers and students in the surrounding area get a new wardrobe as they were going in and out of school in the spring and fall. It quickly began attracting a much wider base, and since then it has rapidly grown to become a major Green Event.
The Clothing Exchange has turned from an underground movement to a widely practiced event attracting thousands of people every year. Today Clothing Exchanges are run out of the basements, homes, schools, community centers and churches for neighborhoods and communities all over the world.