READY TO WEAR: often refers to mass produced clothing that use cheaper construction techniques/materials and are sold in industry standardized sizes

BESPOKE/TAILOR MADE: is the technique of taking an individuals measurements and creating a pattern to their specified measurements to create a piece that fits them specifically

RECYCLE:  to convert (waste) material into another reusable material

REUSE: using an item again for the same purpose after is has been discarded

REDUCE: to use/buy less 

UPCYCLE: process of transforming by-products, waste materials, useless, or unwanted products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value

SUSTAINABLE: A design philosophy and movement towards the goal of which is to create a system which can be supported indefinitely in terms of human impact on the environment and social responsibility

ZERO WASTE: Items of clothing that generate little or no textile waste in their production

BIODEGRADABLE: an item that decomposes by bacteria or other living organisms over a period of time

COMPOSTABLE: items that break down in a home compost or in an industrial compost system

ECO-FRIENDLY: something that’s not harmful to the environment

ORGANIC: products that have been made without artificial chemicals such as pesticides

OFFSETS: a consideration or amount that diminishes or balances the effect of a contrary one. In the much smaller, voluntary market, individuals, companies, or governments purchase carbon offsets to mitigate their own greenhouse gas emissions from transportation, electricity use, and other sources


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