Fashion is killing the environment. Every year, the fashion industry:

  • uses 93 billion cubic meters of water — enough to quench the thirst of 5 million people - that could be used to help with extreme weather events caused by climate change (Welcome to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, 2020)
  • produces 20% of wastewater worldwide from fabric dyeing and treatment, which go on to contaminate and decimate wildlife and their natural habitats (World Resources Institute, 2017)
  • dumps half a million tons of plastic microfibers into the ocean, the equivalent of 50 billion plastic bottles that cannot be extracted from the water and ends up poisoning our oceans and food supply and disrupting ecosystems (Ellen MacArthur Foundation, 2017); and
  • accelerates climate change by producing up to 10% of global carbon dioxide output—which is more than the amount produced by all international flights and maritime shipping combined (United Nations Environment Programme, 2018). By 2030, fashion is on track to increasing carbon emissions by 60% due to the demand for fast fashion. (McKinsey and Company, 2018)

Many of us are painfully aware that the rate at which we're producing and wearing apparel is not sustainable.

What it does

CFE connects people to their local tailors and seamstresses who can meet their clothing repair or upcycling needs and ultimately reduce the amount of waste while supporting the popular desire to remain on trend.

How we built it

I used React for front end, Node and Express for server side rendering, and Google's Firebase and Storage Buckets to store data and images for security and practical reasons. I used sass and typescript for styling.

Challenges we ran into

I never got Google authentication to work until now, and creating all the different components for an ecommerce site was a tall order for a solo hack (I wanted to learn by doing it all myself!).

Accomplishments that we're proud of

I got it done and learned a lot!!!

What we learned

I learned how to persist information, new ways of styling (sass + typescript), implemented reducers, and had a whole ton of fun seeing this all come together!

What's next for Circular Fashion Economy

A go-to market strategy!

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