Friday, 4 June 2021

The Life and Death of Your Jeans

quote [ Early on in “Unraveled,” a new book about the dark underbelly of fashion, the author, Maxine Bédat, describes walking through a factory in Guangdong, China, that specializes in acid-washing jeans, picking her way over dark puddles of “iridescent, bubbling content” that had spilled from industrial washing machines and was sloshing around on the floor. ]

I've alway been a "buy it for life" kinda person, and never understood this whole "fast fashion" thing...

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Hugh E. said[1] @ 7:59pm GMT on 4th Jun [Score:2 Underrated]
“The reason that the rich were so rich, Vimes reasoned, was because they managed to spend less money.

Take boots, for example. He earned thirty-eight dollars a month plus allowances. A really good pair of leather boots cost fifty dollars. But an affordable pair of boots, which were sort of OK for a season or two and then leaked like hell when the cardboard gave out, cost about ten dollars. Those were the kind of boots Vimes always bought, and wore until the soles were so thin that he could tell where he was in Ankh-Morpork on a foggy night by the feel of the cobbles.

But the thing was that good boots lasted for years and years. A man who could afford fifty dollars had a pair of boots that'd still be keeping his feet dry in ten years' time, while the poor man who could only afford cheap boots would have spent a hundred dollars on boots in the same time and would still have wet feet.

This was the Captain Samuel Vimes 'Boots' theory of socioeconomic unfairness.”

- Terry Pratchett, Men at Arms
cb361 said @ 5:19pm GMT on 4th Jun
I bought five pairs of heavily discounted jeans in a big sale, around six years ago. I thought that should last me pretty much the rest of my life, but already several are wearing out. I'm quite miffed.

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