The statistics are hard to ignore. Fashion makes up to 10% of global carbon dioxide output according to the United Nations Environment Programme and it is estimated that the US throws away up to 11.3 million tons of textile waste each year. That’s 2,150 pieces of clothing every second! It is no secret that fast fashion poses a devastating threat to the future of our environment so the question becomes what can we DO about it?
A logical place to start your journey to a more sustainable lifestyle is to buy pre-loved which is why we love vintage so much! Not to oversimplify the situation, but let’s face it, the damage has already been done. For better or worse, these items have already been manufactured so you may as well continue to use and enjoy them.
When you do choose to buy new, support those who are doing good…and there are plenty of great brands to choose from! While it’s near impossible to produce a new product without any negative environmental impact, there are tons of companies doing their best to reduce their carbon footprint. Whether it’s by donating to environmental organizations, producing products with sustainable, natural or recycled goods, ensuring strict standards of animal welfare or offsetting carbon emissions, it’s worth your time to seek these do-gooders out.
Invest in staples. There are so many reasons why people are mad about capsule wardrobes and French girl style. When you invest in luxurious wardrobe staples, you always have something to wear. But an outfit comprising of ALL basics tends to border on boring and this is where vintage comes in! Whether it’s adding a 70’s tooled leather bag, heirloom piece of jewelry or 80’s jacket to top off your look, there’s something so cool and modern to adding a one-of-a-kind twist.