Are clothes from chain stores cleaner than used ones? “This smell is not a disinfectant”

Where do the clothes available in second-hand shops come from? How are they prepared for sale and are they safe in everyday use? Would “naked fives” stop the climate crisis? These and other questions in the new episode of the podcast (Un) balanced Niedzielska are answered by: Zofia Zochniak, founder of the Clothes to Devotion organization, as well as a model and second-hand fan, Osi Ugonoh.

  • The theme of the twelfth, last episode of the podcast (Un) balanced Niedzielska is the second cycle of clothes. Jagna Niedzielska talks with guests about whether used clothes are ecological, safe to use and whether sustainable fashion can help slow down the climate crisis
  • The guests of the podcast are Zofia Zochniak from the Clothes to Devotion organization and the model of Axis Ugonoh
  • – I really think that eco-leather is probably the first example of greenwashing in the fashion world. It has been called eco-leather because animals are not killed. I agree with it, but we must distinguish between ethics and ecology – says Zofia Zochniak
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Podcast (Un) balanced Niedzielska is the latest project of the Audioriver festival, implemented together with, hosted by Jagna Niedzielska. Each episode is a discussion with two or three guests who share their knowledge, analyzes and private experiences.

In the twelfth episode of the podcast, the host talks with Zofia Zochniak from the Clothes to Devotion organization and with the model Osi Ugonoh. The topic of the conversation is used clothes and how the second cycle of fashion is related to ecology. In her activity, Zofia Zochniak deals with the collection and recycling of textiles and knows practically everything about this industry. Osi Ugonoh, on the other hand, knows the fashion industry from a different perspective, but privately she is a fan of buying in second-hand shops, although she admits that she only buys certain items of clothing there.

Someone once made up such a myth about the smell of second-hand items, saying that these items are disinfected. This specific smell is the mixed smells of: cigarettes, perfume, sweat, moisture, transport and soften them in a given warehouse. This specific smell, which someone once called the smell of disinfection, is the stench of used things. In fact, there is such a thing as disinfecting used clothes. This process is called fumigation, but it is odorless – says Zofia Zochniak, who also points out that clothes bought in chain stores are also not clean and we should wash them before wearing them for the first time.

You can also find the podcast on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

(Un) balanced Niedzielska

In the 12-episode series, Niedzielska looks at, among others, food of the future, checks what benefits come from eating insects and how the fungi world works. He discovers unpleasant facts about the quality of lunches in Polish schools and the scale of wasted food in canteens. He asks open questions, wanting to find out if eating meat is an absolute evil, what kind of chemistry we surround ourselves with in our homes, and whether hedonism and ecology can go hand in hand. In addition, it looks at the festival, film and advertising industries, checking whether projects on this scale can be environmentally neutral. With the help of guests, he explains what digital ecology is all about, how to look for real information and what is not worth buying.

“We also make this podcast so that everyone gets to know the different options (taking care of the environment). When we set the bar too high, it suddenly turns out that after a week we even want to give up segregating rubbish, because we are fed up with it. Jagna talks with their guests about how they are doing, what strategies they adopt and how they are looking for a way for a more ecological life “- said Oliwia Bosomtwe in the Onet Rano program.

Ecology at Audioriver

Audioriver, as one of the first music festivals in Poland, began to introduce changes aimed at reducing the harmfulness of music events to the planet.

The festival eliminated one-time promotional materials such as banners, flags and balloons. The elements of the scenery, as well as the materials needed to produce the scenes, are designed in such a way that they can be used in subsequent editions. The organizers also introduced recycling containers, reusable cups and an application to replace paper information brochures. This year, the festival also introduces a ban on disposable plastic in the catering and VIP area and the possibility of entering with your own water bottle. Audioriver will be held in PÅ‚ock on July 29-31, 2022.

Tickets are still being sold via the ebilet platform.