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WEB EXCLUSIVE Redress Raleigh’s new exhibit, Tracking Textiles, explores how our habits impact the environment.

Fast fashion is a no-go, no matter how tempting those cheap, trendy pieces can be (we know, it’s hard to beat a sub-$20 outfit!). But hold off on hitting “add to cart” on websites like SHEIN or Forever 21, and first think about where your ’fits are coming from and who made them. You might be surprised at how big of an impact your $10 shirts are making on the world around you…

In honor of Earth Month, local nonprofit Redress Raleigh’s new interactive exhibit Tracking Textiles: The Modern Lifecycle of Fabric at the NC Museum of History explores those social and environmental impacts of fast fashion and helps you learn more about the way textiles are made; the ramifications of materials, production and individual textile waste; and how to make more sustainable choices when purchasing products.

“One of the biggest environmental issues within the fashion industry is textile waste,” says Redress Raleigh Executive Director Beth Stewart. “We created Tracking Textiles to offer an engaging, positive experience that encourages people to question overconsumption habits while celebrating the role fashion plays in our lives.” For instance, did you know that the most popular synthetic fiber used in clothing is polyester—which takes over 200 years to break down?! Insane

After visiting the exhibit, you’re encouraged to ask yourself how you can make a difference in your clothing choices and take a pledge to reduce your fashion footprint by posting on Instagram with the hashtag #FashionFootprint and tagging @RedressRaleigh.

You can also try your shopping habit onry thrifting or checking out sustainable companies to reduce your environmental impact even further. There are so many ways to be green and still #slay your outfits. 
Redress Raleigh’s Tracking Textiles display is free and runs from now until May 2. Follow along on Insta (@RedressRaleigh) for even more tips and takeaways throughout the rest of April.

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