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How Sustainable Is The Fabric In My Clothes?

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How Sustainable Is The Fabric In My Clothes?

Have you ever asked yourself  ‘How sustainable is the fabric in my clothes?’ As a keen sewist and someone who makes my own clothes, I have always been aware of the fibres in the fabric that I buy, and have definitely got certain fabric types that I prefer to sew with. However, another important consideration for me is where my cloth is made and how eco friendly it is. 

As a planet, we seem to have found ourselves with a clothes consumption habit. Do you want to know which fabrics are the worst for the planet? And which cloth you should be demanding that the fashion industry use in their products?

Well read on, because in this post I am going to discuss which fabrics you should be looking for, which to avoid at all costs, and which ones you may think are environmentally sound, but actually are not! Here is your guide to choosing clothes that are better for the planet.

How Sustainable Is The Fabric In My Clothes?

‘Fast Fashion’ has definitely been one of the buzz words of the last few years. But I do still think that people do not really consider the clothes that they buy and wear to be a part of the ecological issues facing the planet that we live on.

There is a lot of talk at the moment about how environmentally unfriendly the fashion industry is. A lot of the mass produced clothes that we buy are made in Asia, China and underdeveloped countries. Labour is cheap, and there are not always the best working conditions and practices. Plus, the fabric the clothes are made from is also produced in these areas. The clothes may not be ethically made nor eco friendly.

Do you know how your clothes have been made?

Why Cloth Consumption Is Such A Bad Habit

In recent years, and particularly over the past year during Coronavirus, people have made more purchases of clothes from online sellers than ever. Profits from some of the cheap clothes producers have hit record highs.

But a sad side effect of this is that as a planet we are throwing away more clothes than ever. It is estimated that £140 million of clothing goes to landfill each year! And a lot of clothes makers have little consideration for the ecological effects of their production methods. They just want to make the most profits.

So as consumers, what can we do to try and slow down this clothes consumption habit we have found ourselves in? Well, certainly we should be starting to look at how sustainable the fabrics that we buy are. How sustainable the fabric is in our clothes.

And what we can do as consumers to drive the clothes manufacturers to produce more of what is better for the planet. So –

  • which fabrics should we be buying?
  • what fabrics should we stop buying?
  • which fabrics should we limit? and
  • which fabrics seem ecologically sound, but really are being ‘greenwashed’?

The Clothes Fibres To Definitely Avoid

It is easiest to start with this group. Most of them are probably the most obvious. And we should definitely stop buying clothes if we see these fabrics on the label.

Polyester, Nylon and Acrylic

Made with plastic fibres from a petroleum base, these fabrics won’t degrade for between 20 to 200 years. And they use very harmful chemicals in their production.

Plus, washing these fabrics releases microfibres at each wash – polluting the oceans and getting into the food chain. Avoid buying new fabrics that contain these fibres. And avoid polyester blends – poly cotton, polyester jersey etc.

Consider buying recycled polyester from plastic bottles or nets – but there is still the problem of microfibres being released when washing.

PVC

PVC and fake leather are made with a heavy chemical process. A lot of plastic is made to coat the fabric fibres, and there are usually phthalates in the product. As such it is the most unsustainable fabric.

Velvet

Velvet used to be made from silk fibres, but now is mostly made from a mix of synthetic and natural fibres, usually polyester based.

Even real silk is not sustainable (see below) So unless you know that it is vegan silk velvet, it is best to avoid. 

Glitter Or Sequinned Garments or Cloth

It may seem obvious, but cloth that has glitter or sequinned cloth has added plastic pieces. In the case of glittered fabric, this plastic releases so many more microfibres when washed, so needs to be avoided at all costs!

Fur and Leather 

From an ethical point of view, fur and leather can never be seen as an environmentally friendly choice, even as a by product of the food industry. There are many arguments in place about how moving to a plant based diet would be so much better for the planet.

Fake Fur

But as well as avoiding the real thing, fake fur should be avoided. It is made of plastic. 

Fleece

As with polyester, PVC and nylon, fleece is made with PET plastic. And it releases a whole load of microfibres when washed. 

You can buy recycled fleece – but again this does release microfibres.

Silk

Silk may be a natural product, made from the secretions of the silk worm. But the intensive way that it is harvested, and the killing of the silk worm in the process certainly mean that the production of this highly prized luxury fabric is certainly not a sustainable process. 

Furthermore, the working conditions of those producing a lot of the fabric in developing countries tends to be very poor, with almost slave labour practices. 

Cashmere and Angora Wool

Cashmere is made from goat wool, and angora from the fur of Angora rabbits or goats. The resulting fibres are often mixed with sheets wool to produce a blended product.

Whilst you may think of these both as natural fibres that do not involve killing the animals to produce, in actual fact the production of these fibres often involves cruel and unethical practices. Especially in the Chinese producing factories.

The animals are kept in cramps and unhygienic conditions, and treated very poorly. Definitely unsustainable from an ethical point of view.

Clothes Fibres To Be Wary Of – They May Seem Green Or Natural – But They Are Not!

Although these clothes fibres are natural, they certainly aren’t sustainable fabrics, and so it is better to limit your consumption of these, or definitely buy recycled or organic versions.

Greenwashing has become another buzz word over the last few years. Greenwashing is when the clothes manufacturer tries to make out that they are using natural and ethically produced cloth or partaking in greener recycling methods. But actually the cloth or products aren’t much more eco friendly than their fast fashion comrades. 

So what clothing fibres seem natural or green, but may not be that sustainable really? It is certainly worth taking a closer look when buying these fabrics.

Cotton

As a natural fibre, you would think that cotton would be incredibly sustainable. But you would be wrong.

Most cotton is intensively grown, with a lot of toxic pesticides and workers in poor conditions. Then the fibre and resulting cloth is chemically treated and produced in factories with poor ethical working and pay conditions. 

Furthermore, the water needed to create cotton garments is highly intensive. One pair of jeans needs up to 20,000 gallons of water to make. A single t-shirt can take 3000 gallons of water to produce. This just is not sustainable.

Yes, you can buy Oeto-Tek organic cotton, which is GOTS certified (Global Organic Textile Standard),  but at the end of the day, it is better to buy recycled cotton.

Denim

Similarly, denim is also cotton, so has the same chemical, pesticide and highly intensive energy consumption issues, making it just as unsustainable as cotton. But it has the added process of often needing to be sandblasted during production. This process is high risk and is often carried out by workers in poor conditions. Making denim just as unsustainable.

Again, look for denim with GOTS certification. Or buy recycled.

Viscose / Rayon

Viscose (or rayon) is made from the wood pulp of fast growing beech, pine, sugar cane and eucalyptus plants. So again you would think that this is a great sustainable fabric source.

But harvesting this wood is also the cause of a lot of deforestation in the areas that produce it. So look for viscose from sustainable forest sources. FSC certified. If it does not have this guarantee or mark, then it probably is not from a sustainable source.

Wool

Again, you think wool and you think about sheep who are still alive after being sheared. It is a natural, breathable fibre.

But the production of wool does have some environmental effect on the planet and ethical impact on the animal. Controversial shearing practices and whether the sheep are treated well mean that wool is not necessarily as sustainable an option as you may think.

I would consider buying reused, recycled or preloved wooden products. And looking after them well.

Bamboo

One of the biggest supposed eco friendly revolutions of the past few years has been rise of bamboo incorporation into fabrics. It seems very eco friendly.

However, a lot of the production of bamboo for the clothing industry comes from China, so we know very little of whether it is grown sustainably. We do not know how energy efficient its production is, or whether the workers producing it are treated ethically, fairly or even paid properly.

Peace Silk

Peace silk may seem more sustainable and eco friendly, as the silkworm is not killed during production of the fibre. But the production of this cloth is still very energy and emissions intensive, so it thus cannot be classed as being a sustainable fabric source.

Modal

Modal is a very popular fabric now. It is a semi-synthetic viscose material that is soft and drapes as well as viscose. It can be made with 100% Tencel, which is a sustainable fabric (see below). But it is often also mixed with less environmentally friendly fabrics. So it is best to take a close look before purchasing clothing made of this. Make sure it is 100% Tencel Modal.

So – What Fabric Fibres Should I Be Buying?

Choosing these fabrics are a great way of making the clothes in your wardrobe more sustainable. The materials used to make them are manufactured or grown healthily.

They are good for the economy, and less waste and emission producing. Their manufacture tends to involve more ethical production methods, with workers being paid a living wage and having good working conditions. And so all round they benefit the planet rather than stripping it of energy and resources.

Maybe if you have a favourite brand it is worth asking them if they can produce clothing using these fabrics in the future?

Linen

Linen is made of fibres from the flax plant, and this material has been around for centuries. As an organic fibre, it actually requires minimal water and pesticides to grow a strong plant. It grows even in poor soil. The resulting cloth is strong, cool, resists moths and is fully biodegradable, particularly when no synthetic dyes have been used. It is an amazingly sustainable fabric source.

Hemp

Like linen, hemp has also been used for hundreds of years. And like linen, the hemp plant needs little water and pesticides to grow well. It also can grow in poor soil; even fertilising the soil in which it grows! It too is incredibly sustainable as a natural cloth making fibre.

Nettle, Jute and Rame

Nettle, Jute and Rame are also plant based cloth fibres. Like hemp and flax, they are very fibrous plants that grow in poor conditions and are strong fibres, and are perfect for producing sustainable crops for cloth making. I am sure that we will see a whole lot more of these in cloth production in the future.

Tencel

Tencel is made with cellulose fibres, a wood pulp. It requires less water and energy to produce. It is antibacterial and wicks water away from the wearer, so it is great for active wear..

Piñatex®

Pinatex is made by Ananas Anam – and is a vegan leather alternative made by the natural byproducts of pineapple harvesting methods for the food industry.

The faux leather is made using pineapple leaf fibres. And the company also have a very ethical relationship with the communities involved in the growth and harvest of pineapples.

Econyl

Econyl is made by Italian company AquaFil. They are regenerating industrial synthetic waste such as fishing nets and waste fabric into a new nylon fibre. It takes less waste and energy to produce the new plastic, so hence this is more sustainable. However, the resulting fabric does still shed micro plastics, so it is best washed in a Guppyfriend Bag

Vegan Silk

Unlike real silk and peace silk, vegan silk is microsilk – a man made made material that is spun from natural based fibres. it is made by Bolt Threads who also make Mylo – a sustainable leather substitute that is made from mycelium, or a fungus type material.

frienRecycled Cotton and Denim

Recycled cotton and denim are definitely the best and only true sustainable versions of this fabric. Recycling cotton is relatively easy, and needs reduced water and emissions. And means less cotton going to landfill.

Recycled Polyester, Recycled Fleece And Recycled Plastic Products

A lot of manufacturers are now using recycled polyester, recycled plastic bottles and fishing netting. But do be aware that these still release microfibres of plastic when washed. So it is best to use a Guppyfriend wash bag that catches the plastic particles.

How Do You Check What Fibres Your Cloth Is Made From?

  • Read the label in the clothing.
  • Ask the seller of the cloth what the fabric is made from. If they cannot tell you, walk away.
  • If buying online, check the description well for the full fibre content. Sellers should be able to tell you this.

And How Do I Make The Clothing In My Wardrobe More Sustainable?

I am not saying at all that you should throw all the clothes in your wardrobe away. But that in future we all need to buy a little more responsibly and buy smarter. 

Only by voting with our dollars and pounds will we get the clothes manufacturers to change their ways. If we all stopped buying the mass produced, cheap and unenvironmentally unfriendly trash that is being produced in favour of more sustainable clothing and methods, then it would make a massive impact on the planet.

So how do I make the fabric in my clothes more sustainable?

  • Buy less clothes , choose well and make them last.
  • Buy used, preloved clothing. You can visit one of the thrift stores in Lebanon, TN if you want to purchase pre-owned clothes.
  • Look after your clothes when washing them.
  • Mend clothes rather than throw them away.
  • Recycle or donate your clothes if you do not want them
  • Consider up cycling clothes into other things when they are worn. and
  • Compost whatever fabric you can – natural fibres will all compost down. Find my guide to composting here.

If you are buying cloth to sew into clothes, do ensure that the cloth that you buy is sustainable too. Maybe consider buying deadstock fabric – fabric that would normally be going to landfill anyway, but is being sold off.

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Tips for Thrifting Like a Pro

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Thrifting is a fun and easy way to approach your wardrobe mindfully and sustainably without sacrificing style. It’s also budget-friendly. But when you’re a beginner, thrifting can be super daunting. That’s why I had three experts share their top thrifting tips to get you started.

Thrifting requires different strategies than shopping online. Clicking around on a website is a lot easier than going through rack upon rack of clothing in person. But that’s one of the best—and most rewarding—parts of thrifting: It’s a challenge, and you never know what you’re going to spot on.

I reached out to some thrifting pros to find out how they approach shopping at the thrift shops in Lebanon, TN. When you use their thrifting tips, you’re bound to have a great experience.

The Best Thrifting Tips, According to the Pros

Tip 1: Research and Shop Local

If you’re new to thrifting, Tyler Chanel of Thrifts and Tangles says to start off by finding fan-favorite thrift stores. “Do a quick Yelp search or Google search to find the top-ranked thrift stores in your area,” she says. “If you’re new to thrifting, these thrift stores are typically more organized and easier to navigate.” By visiting a locally-owned thrift store, you’re also supporting your neighbors and putting money back into your community.

Tip 2: Start a “Thrift Wishlist”

Trish from Trish Stitched recommends creating a “thrift Wishlist” filled with inspiration from your favorite websites and fashion bloggers. Create a board on Pinterest, or a mood board to hang on your wall. That way, anytime you’re out thrifting, you can keep an eye out for specific items you already know you’ll love. That also ensures you’re not overconsuming and only bringing home things you need.

Tip 3: Become a Regular

If you’re often left discouraged after thrifting, you’re probably just not going enough. Dina Younis of Dina’s Days says her biggest piece of advice is becoming a regular at your local thrift stores. “Go often. Stock changes daily—multiple times a day,” she says. “But that’s not the only reason why you should go often. Going often helps you become more comfortable navigating a thrift store, too.”

That’s right: Thrifting is a skill. Like a muscle, you need to repeatedly work it to watch it grow. While you’re there, take your time scanning through the items and you’re bound to find something that catches you eye. Before you know it, you’ll be going home with the thrift finds of your dreams.

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Fashion But Make It Sustainable

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With fashion weeks taking place around the world, fashionistas everywhere wait to see what trends will pop up this season. However, the question that has been looming over these events year after year is: how sustainable is the clothing industry? In this blog, I’ll discuss sustainable fashion and how you can make a difference with what you choose to put in your wardrobe. 

What is Sustainable Fashion?

To be sustainable, is to be long-lasting and durable. “Fast fashion” a term used to dub brands like Forever 21 and Primark, sell cheaply-made clothes that are only meant to last one season. What’s more, the small cost of the garments to the customer is often at the expense of the wage and working conditions of the sewers. 

Sustainable fashion does not only concern itself with the quality of fabric, but also with the ecological integrity and environmental factors that surround its manufacturing. 

Of course, it is important to note that it is a privilege to be able to be sustainable. Eco-friendly brands are often expensive and inaccessible to lower-income individuals and families. However, I do have some tips and tricks for anyone who wants to make more conscious decisions about their shopping choices.

How Can You Be More Sustainable?

Shop Locally 

Not only does shopping locally mean supporting your community, it also can stand your fashion out from the crowd. Research boutiques in your area and see if they have any items that catch your eye. 

Thrift Stores/Charity Shops

This is a great option for people on a budget. While it does take a bit of sifting to strike gold, thrift shops in Destin, FL are a great place to refresh your closet and continue the cycle of sustainable fashion. What’s more, you can use your shopping trip as an opportunity to donate any clothes that you no longer wear! Have something that doesn’t quite fit? If you have the extra dough, or the sewing skills, you can always get a garment tailored. 

The Wearability Test

Sometimes, we can’t help but be sucked into a good deal. If this is the case, first try to do your research on the brand and their ethics. Then, ask yourself if you’d wear the item more than 30 times? If the answer is yes — you’ve just upgraded your wardrobe. But if it’s no, maybe it’s best not to invest in this piece of clothing just yet. 

Take Care of the Clothes You Do Buy

The tag on your t-shirt is there for a reason: to give you instructions on how it should be washed and cared for. Well-kept clothes will last longer and can be staples in your closet for years and years!

Consider Making Your Own Fashion

You don’t have to make a ball gown right away, but designing and creating your own clothes is a great way to ensure sustainability. With mask mandates still in effect, manufacturing your own reusable masks is a great way to look fashionable while also reducing the amount of waste that litters our environment! 

Remember a little choice can go a long way, and every conscientious decision helps!

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How Can Thrift Stores Help the Community?

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There are many benefits that come from thrift shopping, including saving money, reducing landfill waste, and helping your local community. In addition to obtaining great deals, you can help the community by supporting a local charity, reducing waste, creating connections, and more. Here are some of the ways that thrift stores can help the community.

Options for People of All Incomes

Due to their low prices, thrift stores provide items for people of all incomes. They help people with low incomes afford quality items that would be priced higher at other stores. These items include clothing, furniture, small appliances, toys, books, home décor, and more.

Reduces Waste

Thrift stores also help reduce landfill waste. Unfortunately, clothes are often thrown away even when they are in good condition. While these clothes may not fit one person’s style, they may be the perfect fit for someone else. Shopping at thrift stores supports buying used clothes instead of buying new ones and creating more waste.

Thrifting is great for the environment as well. Clothing companies spend enormous amounts of water and energy creating new clothes. By purchasing used clothes, you are reducing the need for new clothes, thus saving water and energy.

Supports Charity

Another way that thrift stores can help the community is by supporting charities. Most thrift shops support charities either by donating funds or buying clothes from the charities.

Create Connections

If you want to familiarize yourself with your local community, thrift stores in Panama City Beach, FL is a wonderful place to go. You can socialize with other shoppers, employees, and new people every day. Thrifting is also an inexpensive and enjoyable activity for dates or a fun day with friends.

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Top Tips for Thrifting Home Décor

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More often than not, when people think about going to a thrift store, they imagine the rows upon rows of affordable clothing. While that is certainly a fantastic reason to come to the thrift stores, there’s more than just clothes nestled in those aisles. Among them is a wide array of home décor items that you might not be able to find anywhere else.

The eclectic selection of items that they have on display may be a lot to take in once you get there, so I’ve compiled some of the top tips for thrifting home décor; that way, you can get the most out of your time.

Prepare Before You Head Out

While heading to a thrift store without a plan in mind and just seeing what you can find is fun, home décor items might take a little bit more of a plan to get right. You’ll want to look around your home and find places that look a little barren or boring and imagine the kinds of objects you could put there to liven them up.

Make a list of items that you are definitely looking for—for example, consider if you need a lamp for your bedroom or a centerpiece for your dining room table, and keep those pieces at the top of the list. Then, make a more general list below of items that you would be interested in obtaining. This way, you’re not going into the store without some kind of plan.

Go as Often as You Can

Just like with clothing, home décor items go quickly once they’re out on the shelves. This means going to the home décor section of your local thrift shop as often as you can because new items are sent to the sales floor all day. You can never really predict what you’ll find there or when a great item will only be on display for a day or two before it’s snatched up.

Search for the Brand Label

If you really want to get an incredible deal on a piece of furniture or décor, you’re going to have to do some digging. You never know what kind of brands people will donate or that get lost in estate sales. It’s worth the time to check every inch of a piece that you like to see if you can find a brand name for it. This will give you a better idea of the piece’s value and, if you’re lucky, you may just be able to find something vintage or rare.

Dig Deep for the Best Finds

It may be easy to simply scan the aisles quickly, but you may miss out on some items if you don’t take your time. Reach into the back of shelves, move things out of the way, and really get in there if you want to find the best stuff. Sometimes, the stuff at the front of the shelf is just in the way of the perfect item for your home, so don’t be afraid to really get in there.

Items To Keep an Eye Out For

There are some home items that lend themselves well to being bought in a thrift shop. You should definitely keep your eyes peeled for these certain items while you’re out shopping.

Baskets and Bowls

These pieces are seemingly very simple but buying these from retail stores can actually put you back more than you would think. Baskets and bowls are also super versatile, you can make them into furniture, planters, wall hangings, and all sorts of other useful home items.

Artwork and Wall Hangings

Looking to give your walls a unique feel? The thrift stores in Destin, FL have lots of artwork and wall hangings that you won’t find anywhere else. Not only are they unique, but they’ll also be much cheaper than anything you’ll find at a retail home goods store.

Kitchen Items

A kitchen needs a lot of things to be considered complete. Thankfully, a lot of those tools and cooking instruments can be found at thrift stores. You might even find some nice wine glasses or your new favorite coffee mug if you look around enough.

Books

Whether you’re looking for the next great read or you just want your shelves to be a little less barren, books are easy to find at almost any thrift store. They make great additions to any room and can be put on display as much as you want or left in the background as subtle décor.

Mirrors

If you’re trying to class up your place a little, you can go a long way with a nice mirror. Not only will you find some truly unique mirrors to add to a room’s aesthetic, but they also are great for making small spaces seem much bigger.

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Why Thrift Shopping Is So Fun

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We could all use a new hobby or interest nowadays—something that can pick our spirits up when times are difficult. If you’ve never been to a thrift shop before, or if you’ve never done any serious thrifting, you’re missing out on a ton of fun. What is it about thrift shops that make them so alluring to so many people? In this article, you’ll know exactly why thrift shopping is so fun.

The Thrill of the Hunt

We’ve all heard the saying that the journey is always better than the destination or that the anticipation of something is often better than the thing itself. Thrift stores are full to bursting with that sense of anticipation. As you run down the aisles of the thrift stores, you never know what you’ll be able to find. That buildup of excitement as you enter the door continues throughout your shopping experience.

The Feeling of Discovery

The journey may be incredible, but the nice thing about thrift shopping is that the destination is usually just as satisfying! Once you find that perfect item you were looking for—or better yet, an item you weren’t looking for—that’s when you’ll really start to understand why thrift shopping is so fun. The combination of the search and the discovery of something new is a feeling that we don’t get to experience often in our day-to-day lives.

The New Sights To See

You never know what you’re going to find in a thrift store, and the shelves are always rotating. The store can look completely different from one week to the next. The best part about this is finding something you didn’t know you needed until you saw it on the shelf. You might find:

  • A piece of vintage clothing
  • The perfect knickknack
  • Obscure books to read
  • The last item you need to finish off your kitchen or living room

Exploring all the new items that come in is one of the favorite parts about thrift shopping, and it’ll be one of yours as well.

The Satisfaction of a Good Deal

Is there any feeling quite like knowing you just got something new for the lowest price possible? That’s what thrift shopping is all about. Getting a great deal (whether you need the item or not) is one of the best parts of thrifting. You won’t find better deals on great finds than inside a thrift store. If you’re looking to get the most for your money, you owe it to yourself to go for thrift shopping in the thrift stores of Destin, FL

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5 Best Online Thrift Stores for Sustainable Shopping

5 Best Online Thrift Stores for Sustainable Shopping

Following trends and buying new clothes tends to break the budget pretty fast. Shopping from fast fashion retailers helps to save cash while still buying new things, but at what cost? Clothes waste keeps rising as trends change. Fast fashion brands keep overproducing to feed into buyers’ overconsumption, and it’s a vicious cycle.

Shopping at thrift stores is a great way to shop sustainably while still getting trendy pieces at a low cost.

Why Is Thrifting the Way to Go?

Thrifting saves you money. You not only give pre-owned clothes a new home, but they often sell for a fraction of their old price. Besides the money-saving perk, though, thrifting is a great way to avoid supporting fast fashion and buy clothes in a more sustainable way.

Though there are many sustainability-forward clothes shops available currently, and more and more coming up each day, they tend to come with a hefty price tag attached. So most people simply can’t afford to shop there. But that shouldn’t deter your sustainability journey.

Advantages To Shopping For Clothes Online

This is where thrift shops shine. They offer all sorts of pieces from every category, from high-end brands to fast fashion and vintage pieces, it’s all there. And if you love a certain H&M top or Shein dress, it’s better to look into buying it secondhand rather than supporting the companies directly.

Online shopping has always been appealing, and online thrift stores make the thrifting experience even easier and simpler. Instead of spending hours on your feet rummaging through racks and clothes bins trying to find your next garment, you can type in a quick search, mark the proper filters, and scroll in the comfort of your couch.

1. ThredUp

ThredUp offers “Secondhand Clothes, Firsthand Fun”. It’s among the most recognizable places people go to online thrift. The store hosts millions of items, ranging from lower to higher-end brands.

You can find everything there, and the best part is it has many handy filters. Like, ones for petite and plus-size thrifting, which can be a huge time-saver and ease the whole shopping experience.

Apart from buying clothes from ThredUp, you can also sell your own items, all from the comfort of your home. If you order a Clean Out Kit, you get sent a giant polka dot bag that you can fill up with your clothes and ship it back to the company for free!

ThredUp does all the staging and photographing for you, and when your items sell, you earn money either as store credit or cash. Anything they don’t accept, you can either get sent back to you or get recycled. Isn’t that just the easiest way to get rid of unwanted clothes sustainably and make money off them with minimum effort?

If you want to save a few extra bucks when shopping on ThredUp, look for YouTuber discount codes. ThredUp often sponsors creators, so take advantage of that.

2. Depop

Depop lets you buy and sell fashion items and strives to create a global community that prizes diversity, inclusivity, and sustainability. When you shop at Depop, you help reduce waste.

The platform is right for you if you’re looking for more edgy, creative pieces. The entire platform takes great inspiration from Instagram in its setup and aesthetic, and it shows. You can spend hours browsing through its different feeds.

Like ThredUp, Depop lets you sell your items. It encourages people to display both what they’ve sold and what they’ve bought on their feed. Due to its edginess and social media presence, Depop tends to attract a younger crowd.

3. Poshmark

Poshmark is a great place to look for high-end designer brands and get them for a fraction of their original price.

The online thrift store offers items for women, men, kids, pets, and even the home. When you join Poshmark as a seller or buyer, you become a part of a global community. The platform boasts an impressive 70 million registered users with over 200 million items for sale.

You can find new or gently used secondhand, or as Poshmark puts it, “pre-loved” items. Every brand you can think of is likely to be featured on the thrift store, and there’s an incredible selection you can browse.

If you find something you like, but it’s out of your price range, Poshmark encourages haggling and even has an “offer/counter-offer” feature. There’s also a “like” feature that helps you track if an item has a price drop, so you can snag it.

4. ASOS Marketplace

As the name lets on, ASOS Marketplace derives from the popular ASOS fashion site. But since ASOS falls under the fast fashion umbrella, it’s better to support the online thrift store instead.

ASOS Marketplace is full of vintage boutiques and independent designers, and the platform is so easy to navigate. You can use the separate tabs or the search bar to browse for items and click away until you find them.

There’s also a separate Boutiques tab that takes you to a whole slew of boutiques waiting for you to explore them. There’s they Are Curves that caters to curvier individuals, Cuteryko that sells quirky handmade jewelry, and so on.

The online thrift store displays items modeled by real people and prizes inclusion and diversity. So, you’ll see plenty of different body types and skin tones while thrifting, helping you select the fit and shade that’s right for you.

5. Vinted

Vinted is an online marketplace that helps grant old clothes new life. The online thrift store lets its users buy, sell, and even swap new and secondhand items. It mainly deals with clothing and accessories.

It hosts a community of people who’d prefer to get rid of the items they no longer want sustainably, by finding a new owner. The platform is easy to use, and once you land on it, you’re dropped right in the thick of it, among the listed items for sale.

If you want to sell rather than buy, there’s a button you click, and it takes you to sign up. It only takes a few easy steps, and you’re good to go. Vinted is a mixed bag thrifting experience, as you can find a little bit of everything on it.

Is Thrifting Even Worth It?

In recent years, people have begun turning to thrifting spaces and using them to turn a profit, buying items for cheap and then re-selling them with a markup.

Sometimes they get their stock from other sellers, other times from physical thrift stores, and often they even turn to fast fashion stores, completely ruining the purpose of secondhand thrift stores in Lebanon, TN.

But these people are only a fraction and don’t represent the whole, so don’t overlook thrift shops just yet. Find an online thrift store that works for you, and get into it. Find a community, buy and sell sustainably, and do your best to reduce your clothes waste and not support fast fashion shops.

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5 Reasons Why Thrift Shopping Is Better Than Supporting Fast Fashion

5 Reasons Why Thrift Shopping Is Better Than Supporting Fast Fashion

Thrift shopping seems to be all the craze nowadays, with influencers flaunting their ‘thrift hauls’ left and right. However, buying pre-loved items at discounted prices is more than just a trend.

It’s a great alternative to supporting fast fashion, which accounts for much of the pollution and human rights violation in the world today. If you aren’t already a thrifter yourself, hopefully, these five reasons will convince you to ditch flagship stores in favour of thrift shopping.

Thrifting is cheap.

Perhaps the most obvious reason of all, thrift shopping can really help you save the big bucks.

Seeing as most items of clothing cost at least RM20 to RM30 these days, buying first-hand garments can weigh heavily on your wallet, especially if they’re not going to last very long. On the other hand, the clothes at thrift stores cost at least two times less than that.

While many of us tend to think that cheap low quality, you can actually find some hidden gems at thrift stores if you’re willing to look for them. (Not to mention the wonderful sense of accomplishment when you do!)

Thrifting is a great way to experiment with fashion.

If fashion’s your passion but you’re short on cash, then thrifting is the perfect way for you to discover your style. Remember all that money you saved from shopping for cheaper clothing items? You can use that extra cash to get more items to play mix and match with.

And if the pieces at the thrift store don’t suit your taste, you can always grab your sewing machine and flip them into a completely different look. Not sure how to do that? Fret not, there are hundreds of YouTube thrift-flipping tutorials for you to refer to. Who knows, you might end up making one of them yourself!

Thrifting is eco-friendly.

If you guessed the largest number, well, congratulations, you’re right! But take a second to process and understand just how much water 10,000 litres is. That’s more than 10 years of drinking water for the average person! 

The fast fashion industry is the second-largest source of pollution in the world, producing over 92 million tonners of waste each year.

That’s the weight of 19 Eiffel Towers combined! This enormous amount of waste stems from the short lifespans of fast fashion products, which is what drives the buy-and-throw-away culture.

Buying pre-loved items is a great way to keep them from going to landfills. Resource consumption is also decreased all across the supply chain from production to transportation. Consider thrifting as a fashionable way of saving the planet.

Thrifting is ethical.

Hard as it may be to swallow, the beautiful, affordable pieces from world famous like H&M, Forever 21, and Zara are often produced through worker exploitation. The wages for making a piece of clothing can be as low as 0.1% of its price, and as of today, no multinational retailer can claim to pay their workers a living wage.

Countries like Bangladesh and India are full of sweatshop horror stories, with women and children living in quarters that are barely fit for animals.

Hence, thrifting reduces the need for producing new items. It’s an important step towards breaking the cycle of worker rights violation. So, you can go ahead and post that picture of your thrifted #OOTD without the guilt of starving workers weighing on you.

Thrifting is charitable.

While not every thrift store donates their proceeds to charitable causes, certain shops do. As compared to fast fashion, which does people more harm than good, thrifting is a great way to help others. At the same time, you are also reaping benefits!

Wouldn’t it be great to know that the vintage jacket you thrifted has actually bought someone a meal, or some much-needed stationery? If your answer is yes, then head on over to the thrift stores in Santa Rosa Beach, FL to start shopping! (Don’t forget to wear a mask and maintain social distancing!)

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Why we need to be mindful when thrifting

Why we need to be mindful when thrifting

The trend of thrifting has been growing since last year, and has recently escalated thanks to TikTok. 

With youths’ videos of their “thrift hauls” or “thrifted fits” getting thousands of views on the app, many have been flocking to thrift stores selling second-hand things for significantly lower prices. 

Benefits of thrifting culture

One such youth who has been thrifting for the past 10 years is Nicole Chin, 25.

She said: “Thrifting is good, because you’re buying things that have been used before and have not been manufactured. If there are more people going thrifting, there will be less demand for clothes to be produced.”

One of the benefits of thrifting is that it helps to reduce the demand for fast fashion, which is cheap and trendy clothing that retailers mass-produce, often by underpaying garment workers and making them work in inhumane conditions.

Thrifting is also more sustainable. According to the National Environment Agency, 168 tonnes of textile and leather waste was generated in 2019, of which only six tonnes were recycled. The clothing that ends up in our landfill is normally made of synthetic fabric fibres, and will never decompose.

Thrifting has many benefits, but the influx of youths onto the trend has also raised some concerns.

Over-consumption of clothing

Because the clothes are so cheap, some people have the tendency to impulse-buy anything that catches their eye at the thrift shops in Santa Rosa Beach, FL. 

But how environmentally-friendly can thrifting really be if people are buying so many clothes, just to wear them once?

To prevent over-thrifting, Nicole is quick to caution against buying more clothes than you need, even if those clothes happen to be cheap and “better for the environment”.

The social media marketer said: “It’s very important to understand why you’re even going [thrifting] and being very conscious of what you’re purchasing, because it’s very easy to get caught up in over-consumption and over-thrifting.

“How many times are you going to wear this? Is what you’re doing at the end of the day still good for the environment?”

Increased prices for people who actually rely on thrift stores

Some of us may also have forgotten the original purpose of thrift stores: to provide things for people who cannot afford them in regular stores.

The thrift shops used to be frequented by domestic workers. As they do not have credit cards to buy cheaper clothes online, they usually rely on these stores. 

If more youths start thrifting at Lucky Plaza and buying loads of cheap clothes, prices at the shops may increase, taking away cheap clothes from people who need them more.

But this doesn’t mean that we youths should stop thrifting altogether. In fact, having more people thrifting can benefit the people who rely on thrift shops, provided we can spread out the demand by thrifting at different stores.

By buying from these lesser-known thrift stores, we can help to refresh their stock and, in turn, allow people who rely on those stores to have access to a greater variety of newer clothing at low prices.

Thrifting just because it’s trendy and not because you have to is certainly a privilege, but that does not make thrifting bad.

At the end of the day, responsible thrifting culture is good for more youths to be a part of, as it encourages us to shop more sustainably.  

A representative at SSVP Shop aptly said: “Thrifting is for everyone, regardless of socio-economic background. 

“Most of the time, these donated items would have ended up in the trash or neglected in the wardrobe, and it is better to see these items with new owners or in new homes.”

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3 Benefits of Thrifting and Consigning

3 Benefits of Thrifting and Consigning

While you’re young, take advantage of your ability to slip into vintage without looking dated. From the neighborhood Goodwill to a hip Buffalo Exchange or swanky designer shop, thrift shops in Santa Rosa Beach, FL and consignment boutiques are where all the cool kids shop today. Pre-owned pieces are seriously beneficial in the sense that they are unique, eco-friendly, and high quality.

Unique. It’s a thrill to dig and find that rare piece of treasure! Thrifted or consigned apparel are sometimes historical and always one-of-a-kind; they are definitely unavailable at your local Forever 21, Zara, or H&M.

Legendary costume designer, Patricia Field, admittedly prefers putting actors in used clothing. This way, film audiences are more focused on the plot rather than identifying which trendy retail stores the characters’ ensembles come from.

Eco-Friendly. Did you know that the textile industry is one of the largest polluters in the world? Cotton growth consumes a substantial amount of harmful pesticides and fertilizers, and textile treatment or dyeing contributes to 20 percent of fresh water pollution.

If you care about the earth, you should consider buying secondhand. Clothes should be recycled because quite frankly, fashion trends follow a rotation. Contemporary styles frequently mimic looks from previous times. Thus, it is judicious to rock recycled, revamped, original, and most likely cheaper versions of the current craze.

Quality. Back in the day, mass-production did not exist. Moreover, products composed of fine construction and were created with exceptional handwork.

Fabric was made with 100 percent natural fibers, rather than with synthetic fibers (polyester, rayon, viscose, etc.), which results in a rich and breathable feel. Detailing was hand sewn, stitched, embroidered, or beaded, for a delicate appearance.

Beads were made of pure glass, rather than plastic, thus they glimmer under lights and clink with movement. Since pieces from the past are without a doubt luxurious, Fashionistas commonly tailor vintage to cater to their tastes and fit them like a glove.

Shopping gently-used attire can be a serendipitous and experimental experience. If you decide to wander into a thrift or consignment shop sometime, remember to wear a simple outfit that is easy for try on.

Skim the entire store, keep an open mind (don’t look for specific items), and don’t let sizes constrict you to certain areas (different decades rely on different scales). With practice, patience, as well as an eye for design, you will soon begin to understand Macklemore’s enthusiasm for thrifting!