The Kindness Closet will support a cohort of 5 people to complete upcycling and sewing skills workshops at The Sewist (a new sewing studio in Uptown Saint John), alongside educational workshops about the textile industry as a whole, the impact of fast fashion on the environment and human rights, and ways that we can work together to change and improve the industry/planet and have fun while we do it! Program is open to people impacted by the justice system and/or poverty. Referrals will open in early January.
Meaningful, supportive employment is shown to reduce recidivism rates for people in conflict with the law. This program will provide transferrable skills education and empower participants to continue making products to sell in store upon program completion.
Did you know that the textile industry is 2nd worst for worldwide pollution? That’s just behind the oil and gas industry. The proliferation of fast fashion has caused our struggling planet to be buried in clothing. There is nowhere to put the things we buy… but it must go somewhere. It often ends up in landfills in countries such as Ghana, where mountains of clothing pile in lagoons. The amount of pollution caused by the textile industry (and especially fast fashion) is immense and nearly impossible to truly picture but is having dire consequences on our planet and people.
While the problems are largely systemic, the textile industry is unique in that the consumer *can and does* have meaningful impact on the way that business is run. We speak with the dollars we spend. If we claim to want to live ethically and/or sustainably, it’s important to financially support companies that align with those values. Perfection is impossible so it’s important to find the best ways for you to reduce and slow your consumption of harmful products.
Sustainable clothing brands are often quite expensive and inaccessibly to many. The Kindness Closet is here to fill that gap and bring fashionable, affordable, thrifted, and soon upcycled, clothing to you to make it an easier choice on where to shop responsibly!