Waste Not, Want Not :: featuring Filmmaker Lucy Eagleson
"Every year, Americans throw away 12.7 million tons, or 68 pounds of textiles per person, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, which also estimates that 1.6 million tons of this waste could be recycled or reused." -Elizabeth Cline
As I re-read Cline's book :: Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion :: I feel as if I'm drowning in a whirlpool of textile waste. In moments like these, I could easily disappear into the excess fabric abyss. Instead, a member of the AWEAR community breathes fresh hope into my lungs.
When I realize that a recently found friend :: Lucy :: who is traveling on the other side of the world has dedicated her year to making more conscious fashion decisions, I am overwhelmingly inspired. As you can see below, Lucy has donned herself in almost an entirely thrifted, vintage, and heirloom outfit. In numbers, change is on the horizon.
Necklace (vintage, family heirloom from great-grandmother)
Watch (vintage from grandma)
Shoes (borrowed from a friend)
Backpack (thrifted, vintage Fendi)
Sunglasses (by Warby Parker, with each pair purchased – a pair is given to someone in need)
Photos by Antoni Ćorić
Kestrel is a globetrotter with small-town Wisconsin spirit. She has lived in Chile, London, Madrid & New York, soaking up and absorbing every moment of fashion and difference along the way. She has worked with People Tree, Global Action Through Fashion, The GreenShows, FashionMeGreen, Fashioning Change, Ecouterre, Inhabitat & EcoSalon. She loves words & garments, and reorganizing them both. For Kestrel, fashion is her favorite way to share stories. Her most recent endeavor, AWEAR, is a style-driven project intended to help inspire us to think about where our clothes are made, what they are made of, and who makes them.