World 149

In 2018 in Rwanda in World 149, they banned the import of second hand clothes in favour of developing their own textile industry. Having witnessed the vast waste the industry created they decided to create a new system, clothes must be ephemeral with a 10 year life span.

New industries were set up factoring in the death of a garment as part of the design process. Ultimately clothes were designed that fed off of us, taking nutrients and gradually breaking down until they were placed in their burial spot (across land or sea, depending on the textile composition) and replenished earth’s nutrients.

What if …

Clothes had a life cycle?


depleting natural resources and a dysfunctional fashion system


“Natural appropriation” said by Katherine Pogson

This World was contributed by Anna Howard (located in London, UK) 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 author and share their material using the same Creative Commons licence.

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Published by Amy Twigger Holroyd

explorer of Fashion Fictions