Video: The Stories We Wear, by Sean Villanueva O’Driscoll.
While on the road in the Northern Scotland, Patagonia climbing ambassador, Sean Villanueva O’Driscoll reflects on the garments that have accompanied him on expeditions all around the world.
As he says « A piece that is full of patches and repairs has a spirit. It has a story attached to it! ». The stories we wear are worth hanging onto, repairing and using as long as possible. That is the heart of Worn Wear and the story of Sean.
Worn Wear is a beautiful and meaningful project.
« One of the most responsible things industrial companies can do, is to make high-quality stuff that lasts for years and can be repaired, so you don’t have to buy more of it.
The Worn Wear program celebrates the stories we wear, keeps your gear in action longer and provides an easy way to recycle Patagonia garments when they are beyond repair. »
As individual consumers, we have to stop waiting or expecting that things change in the society if we don’t start to change our own daily habits. And the best thing we can do for the planet is to keep our stuff in use longer. This simple act of extending the life of our garments through proper care and repair reduces the need to buy more over time, thereby avoiding the CO2 emissions, waste output and water usage required to build it.
Why is repair such a radical act? Fixing something we might otherwise throw away is almost inconceivable to many in the heyday of fast fashion and rapidly advancing technology, but the impact is enormous.
The system pushed us to consume more again and again, while our belongings are still in state of use, maybe not very trendy but who cares? It doesn’t matter as the fashion is going round and round in circles, you might be trendy one day again with your old and worn jacket. Whatever…the goal is to reuse our clothing as much as we can, in order to stop this limitless over-consumption system.