Humana People to People Belize´s clothes shops receives all its clothes from USA.
Americans throw away 85 percent of the clothes in their closet that they don't want, but almost everything can be reused in some way.
So it is about to collect most of that clothes and reuse it before it ends on landfills.
The CO2 effect
Perhaps the most important impact, when we are taking about reuse of clothes, has to do with stopping the acceleration of climate change. The greenhouse effect, as it is sometimes called, is associated with increasing amounts of CO2 released into the atmosphere. We normally think of CO2 as coming from our car’s tailpipe or an industrial smokestack. However, when solid waste such as clothes are buried in landfills they release greenhouse gases as they decompose, including methane, a particularly destructive substance. Similarly, at the other end of the clothing life-cycle spectrum, the production of textile fibers and the manufacture of clothes burns considerable quantities of fuel that releases CO2 into the atmosphere.
Too much CO2 in the atmosphere is creating climate change.
Approximately 3-4 pounds of CO2 are saved for every pound of clothing that is spared from disposal.
If the average life of clothing was extended by just three months, it would reduce their CO2 footprint by five to ten percent.
Other good reasons for reuse of clothes.
• Far less insecticide released into the environment. That is because by reusing clothing rather than disposing of it, we reduce the need for growing more cotton or other materials needed to produce the clothes. These insecticides, like aldicarb, parathion, and methamidopho, are normally washed into waterways and harm the environment.
• According to the World Bank, 17-20 percent of industrial water pollution is due to textile dyeing and treatment. In addition, the production of fabric consumes a surprising quantity of fresh water. One T-shirt, for example, consumes about 700 gallons of water.
So if you buy, lets say 5 pieces of used clothing, instead of new clothing, you have prevented 15-20 pounds of CO2 gases from polluting the atmosphere, - saved app. 10,000 gallons of water, - reduced the amount of insecticides released to grow cotton for new clothes.
¨Our time is the time of extremes. They surround mankind from all directions and on all sides, and accelerate our disaster-travel through time and space with breakneck speed......
The extremes of global warming and climate change are upon us as we speak. The extremes of the economical globalization, which in short order create so many more poor, exploit water resources and destroy land by taking without giving, destroy air by pollution and destroy nature by senseless exploitation for surplus¨.
¨Water is vital for the survival of everything living. During our lifetime, water will run out in many parts of the world. Rising temperatures caused by global warming will change the climate so that hurricanes and saltwater imbalances will cause climate mechanisms to run out of normal systems.
We experience these calamites in our country, and in our neighboring countries almost every year.
Belize’s economic dependence on natural resources heightens its vulnerability to rising temperatures and the resulting impacts on agricultural productivity, fisheries ecosystems and other economic sectors like the tourism industry.
The expected impacts of climate change pose a range of risks to human beings including water stress, loss of important ecosystems, changes in agricultural productivity, physical damage from flooding and storms, increased burdens from malnutrition and infectious diseases, increased morbidity and mortality from heat stress, flooding and drought.
The future of climate for Belize and the Central American and Caribbean regions will likely be characterized by increasing temperatures, declining levels of precipitation and rising sea levels. These projections have been confirmed through several analyses of climate models. The models projected 39% increase in extremely dry seasons for the Caribbean and a 33% increase for Central America.
Climate data for Belize were used to estimate trends in average rainfall and temperature from 1960 through 2005. Of the 10 warmest years in the record, five of those occurred in the 1990s four occurred from 2000-2005. The trend analysis was combined with climate projections for a regional climate model to project average temperatures and rainfall in Belize for the 2010 – 2100 period. Average annual temperatures are expected to increase 3.5°C over the 90 year period while average rainfall is expected to decrease by 100 mm.
So we know it already by our own experience. You also know that the road to take, is to do the right thing.
One way to do your part is to visit a Humana People to People shop and buy your second hand clothes and shoes there.
Money earned here is among other wisely spent on projects to mitigate the effect of global warming.
See you soon.