I had never heard of ‘fast fashion’. Have you? This very brief video gives a glimpse into some problems in the fashion world that will interest many crocheters. The impact of ‘fast fashion’ is less on crochet than on many other facets of the fashion/ clothing/ yarn industry – but it’s there. Please check it out and let me know what you think?
While the video addresses retail fashion more than what we, as crocheters, might create with our own hooks, I think the lessons of the video apply to all art forms.
As crocheters we are both producers and consumers as all of us create (produce) items from yarn that some of us actually produce ourselves while most of us just go to the store to purchase our yarn. Do we care about the environmental effect of yarn production? Do we care about purchasing yarn created by upcycling some other material (plarn, soda bottle yarn as in ‘fleece’)? Do we create timeless or trendy pieces?
Only you can answer these questions for yourself. Only you can determine if the issues raised in this tiny video are important to you.
For me, any way I can easily re-use, recycle, upcycle, and reduce the waste of fiber materials, I’m on board with that. There are limits to my participation as I cannot use many of the recycled forms of ‘yarn’ because they are hard on my wrists. But, I certainly like the look of many such items – tee shirt rugs, plarn totes and sandals, cassette tape flowers.
Here are a couple of links to get you thinking. Look at this.
Or this. There’s plenty more. Just ‘bing’ ‘recycled yarn’ or ‘recycled fashion’ to see more and get more ideas. Is this for you?
What do you think?
By jd wolfe