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Sustainable Apparel Series: Dustin Winegardner & Harry Fricker

Tuesday, February 27 - Sustainable Apparel Series - Industry Guest Speakers
Dustin Winegardner and Harry Fricker are founders of Arvin Goods, a company located in Seattle that makes underwear and socks made from 100% donated/upcycled materials with minimal water used while eliminating waste and toxic dyes. Arvin Goods is a leading example of sustainable practices in the apparel industry. 

For a video about Arvin Goods new sock line with Macklemore, see link below.

Some facts about the U.S. apparel industry, where the growth of the business depends on the quick use and disposal of clothes. Short, fast-paced trends and cheaply-made apparel pollutes the environment, depletes natural resources and deprive labor conditions. The United States buys 19.39 billion garments per year, that is 60 items per person per year. Every year, the U.S. throws away an average of 12.7 million tons of textile or 68 pounds of textiles per person. Of these 12.7 million tons, 1.6 million could be reused. Apparel is outsourced to countries like Bangladesh and China, where the labor cost accounts for the 1% to 3% of the retail price, while profit margins are more than 50% . Each year, the production of textiles demands approximately 145 million tons of coal and somewhere between 1.5 trillion and 2 trillion gallons of water. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 84% of unwanted clothes in the United States in 2012 went into either a landfill or an incinerator.


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