Doing Our Part

We Love Fashion, But We Love Our Home More       🌎

Fast fashion has made shopping for clothes more affordable, but it's come at a huge environmental cost. 

  • With the demand for new looks at a low price, fashion production has doubled since 2000. While people bought 60% more garments in 2014 than in 2000, they only kept the clothes for half as long.
  • 10% of all of humanity's carbon emissions come from the fashion industry. That's more emissions than all international flights and maritime shipping combined. If the fashion sector continues on its current trajectory, that share of the carbon budget could jump to 26% by 2050, according to a 2017 report from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
  • The fashion industry is the second-largest consumer of water worldwide. It takes about 700 gallons of water to produce one cotton shirt. That's enough water for one person to drink at least eight cups per day for three-and-a-half years. It takes about 2,000 gallons of water to produce a pair of jeans. That's more than enough for one person to drink eight cups per day for 10 years.
  • 85% of all clothing ends up in the dump each year. That is the equivalent of one garbage truck full of clothes being burned or dumped into a landfill every second.
  • Washing clothes releases 500,000 tons of microfibers into the ocean each year. That is the equivalent of 50 billion plastic bottles.

Here's where we come in! With Buoy Collective, we've created a physical space where you can buy and sell clothes, extending the life cycle of your garments while supporting the diverse, artistic, and conscious local community. We hope that our store encourages folks to think twice before heading to large stores, shopping fast fashion online, or throwing away their gently used items.