In the 2000s in World 31, 70% of the Earth was converted into landfills due to decades of irresponsible clothing production. To combat this, it is now obligatory for every maker to provide a 100% closed loop for every garment they make – which is shown on their unique and personal labels which offer 100% transparency. This has seen the big retailers crumble with small, ethical, sustainable businesses flourishing. Repair shops have taken over the diminishing clothing shops as clothes are never disposed of: consequences are in place to ensure everyone abides by this law such as fines seen in the poster. If something tears, breaks or discolours the repair shops are used to fix, reinvent or repurpose these garments creating a very distinct style – like any other shop they provide receipts for their services, as shown here.
This Exploration was contributed by Alia Moon, Leah Meldon, Eden Pendry and Rosie Moncreiff (located in the UK), developed from a World contributed by Nikoleta Dimova, using a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International licence which allows others to share and adapt the work in any medium and for any purpose, providing that they credit the authors and share their material using the same Creative Commons licence.
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