If fashion trends come and go with the seasons, what will happen once global warming takes over and seasons cease to exist?
That’s quite a bold question. Yet RehashClotes.com revolves around it. It’s a web site where people can exchange clothes to save the environment. Sort of a fashionable recycling service. When the guys from Orpheux Design found out that only in America, an average person throws away an average of 67.9 lbs of clothing and textiles per year, they figured something had to be done. Therefore they started working on a “a worldwide movement to lower your consumption and create a greener Earth for everyone”.
So what if you’re not into the whole Al Gore global warming thing? RehashClotes.com still seems interesting for not so green fashion victims. And not just because you change the web site’s green-colored design into a brown or blue one (did they do that on purpose?), also because it’s a good source for second-hand, vintage or original clothing. What seems worthless to you, can be valuable for someone else. And naturally, this works the other way around as well. After some quick browsing through the RehashClotes’ archive, I already found some good items, not the dull and dusty things you’ll find at the Salvation Army.
I think Rehash is part of an interesting trend. Now we’re used to buying stuff online, we also like to hire and swap our goods online. Whereas we used to place classifieds ads in local newspapers or hang up notes is supermarkets, we now just browse to our favorite web service. Craigslist started this trend a long time ago by offering these services for major cities, yet geographical distances are getting less important. Why wouldn’t we swap clothes with someone who lives 1,000 miles away? Most of us trust the web now, and that leads to beautiful initiatives like Rehash.