The equivalent of one garbage truck full of clothes is burned or dumped in a landfill every second.*
We’ve got a problem. As clothes became cheaper, Americans bought more. But the cost of those clothes and textiles is far greater than the price we pay. On the one end, there are the environmental and human costs of producing clothing and textiles including harmful chemicals and dies used and terrible labor conditions in many factories. At the other end of the far-too-short textiles lifecycle is the significant impact on our planet of all that clothing and textiles ending up in landfills or incinerators.
But, we’ve got solutions, too! Tangletown was awarded a $10,000 grant to help give you the tools you need to reduce your textile waste. Over the next year, we’ll be offering a series of events that will help you extend the life of the items you own, change how and where you shop, offer ways to reuse, repurpose, and donate items no longer needed, and more.
Join us in this journey for two or more events and you’ll be entered to win a $100 gift card. We’ll also have incentives along the way like free food, gift cards, sewing supplies, and more. You’re not going to want to miss it!
True Cost Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion
Thursday October 22
- True Cost film screening can be done on your own time or together from 6:00-7:30pm
- Virtual panel discussion 7:30-8:30pm
This documentary illuminates the actual cost of your clothing purchases in terms of human and environmental impacts. It’s a tough reality and it will motivate you to change. Join us after watching for a panel discussion with experts in the field to dive deeper and reflect. Register to attend and we’ll get you free access to the film and deliver popcorn to your home (first 30 registrants).
- Dr Anupama Pasricha has global research and teaching experience of 25 years. She currently chairs the Department of Apparel, Merchandising, and Design at St. Catherine University. She also serves as Executive Director of Educators For Socially responsible Apparel Practices (ESRAP) and serves on the Board of Directors of the Textile Center of Minnesota and Advisory Board of Sol Inspirations. Read a recent Q&A with her about sustainability and fashion here.
- Rachel Breen is a visual artist and a Professor of Art at Anoka Ramsey Community College. She currently has an exhibition at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts titled, The Labor We Wear. Her artwork addresses the troublesome cycle of garment production and consumption—from dangerous factory conditions to problems caused by textile waste. Breen makes these relationships visible in order to find ways to break the toxic chain. She exhibits her work locally and nationally and is the recipient of four Minnesota State Arts Board grants, the Walker Art Center’s Open Field fellowship, and the 2019–2020 Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship.
Buying and Donating Clothing with a Conscience
Saturday November 21 10:00am
Just in time for the holidays, learn how to be that trendy shopper finding all the best deals at consignment or thrift stores while passing along the items you no longer need for someone else to love! Buying your clothing used and donating or consigning clothes you no longer wear are great ways to keep clothing out of the landfill. This event will feature speakers from second hand retailers and thrift store donation centers. Register to attend and the first 20 registrants who attend will receive a $25 gift card to a second hand store.
Panelists will be announced soon!
Register here. Please note, we welcome anyone to attend our events, but deliveries of giveaways are limited to Tangletown residents.
More upcoming events in Spring 2021 include:
Clothing Mending and Repairs: January 23 10:00am
Experienced menders will teach beginning mending and repair skills to help you save your damaged clothes. First 20 attendees receive a mending tool kit!
Textile Care: Extend the Life of Your Clothes: February 24 6:30pm
Experts share how to care for clothes to extend their life including laundering advice, stain removal tips, and what materials hold up best over time.
Textile Reduce and Reuse Fair (date TBD)
We will have a variety of organizations tabling, repair demos, and presentations providing you with the tools and resources you need to change your textile use.
Registration details will be available in 2021!
*Source: United Nations Environment Programme