Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Over-Dressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth L. Cline
I wanted this book to be interesting. I think the topic is an interesting and important one. However, I found the book to be boring. I checked it out from the library. And re-checked it. Five times. That is the maximum allowed. Ten weeks. I could not get into it. I finally skimmed it. Apparently clothing, like so many other things now days, has become disposable. People may think they are getting a bargain when they purchase a new t-shirt for only $3 on clearance. However, you get what you pay for. Clothing is now made of inferior materials and sewn poorly and we toss it aside both because we want new fashions and because the cheap clothing does not last long. If it were not for textile recycling, we would be up to our ears on worn out clothing. There is way more old clothing than anyone wants or can use and most of it that is given to charities ends up at the textile recyclers where it is sorted for sale as clothing (small percent), to be made into insulation, rags, or other products or baled up and sent off to Africa where even they are outgrowing the need for cheap icky leftover clothing.
The clothing manufacturing process is bad for the environment, working conditions are poor for the workers and we no longer know how to alter and sew our own clothing or even repair it, which is ok since the quality of clothing has sunk so much that it may not be worth it anyway.
That is the gist of what I got out of the book.
I wish it had been written in a way that was more interesting.