In certain nations, people are buying more garments than ever, but this trend cannot last. Would it be beneficial to have a “wellbeing wardrobe“?

If nothing changes soon, the production of fiber for the fashion industry may require 35% more land by 2030, and 25% of the world’s remaining carbon budget by 2050 is needed in order to keep global warming below 2C. This is true, even though it can seem impossible. While the amount of time we spend wearing clothing has decreased by more than 40% over the last almost 15 years, garment production has more than doubled. This cannot continue. A “well-being wardrobe” has been proposed in a recent study as a new design paradigm where the environment’s and people’s health are valued over the ever-increasing consumption of disposable fast fashion.

We should take action to decide the direction of fashion and work toward a wardrobe that serves both people and the environment rather than allowing a tidal wave of useless clothing to exhaust our limited supply of materials, our energy, and our carbon budget.