Buying used is more important than ever.
The impacts caused by the textile industry are enormous, making it the second largest pollutant in the world, behind only the oil industry.
The use of pesticides and insecticides in the tissues, causes water, soil and air pollution.
According to statistics, to produce the necessary amount of cotton for just one shirt, 2,700 liters of water are needed (the same amount that a person consumes in 900 days). Now imagine the amount of resources needed to produce t-shirts, jeans and other clothing for every store in the world.
On the contrary, used clothing does not require new natural resources.
The clothes that are sold in thrift stores do not dirty the planet. The clothes that go on the shelves of vintage stores are given a second life instead of just becoming another cog in the global “garbage machine”.
Thrift stores are no longer synonymous with old, worn, torn clothes, or just for charity. There are several thrift stores in different economic groups, conscious people who are looking for unique pieces, and who like a vintage style.
Buying vintage is not only eco-friendly but stylish, too.
Every second, we landfill or incinerate the equivalent of a garbage truck full of textiles and less than 1% of the material used to produce clothing is recycled and transformed into new clothing.
Clothes have been increasingly seen as disposable products.
So far, landfill seemed to be the only possibility for post-consumer textiles, but concerns about sustainability, the need to pollute less and reuse resources are transforming used clothing into a new raw material that we can’t ignore.
A lot of water and chemicals go into manufacturing our garments. Approximately 1,800 gallons of water are required to make one pair of jeans. If the clothes are recycled, it means we are being living a more sustainable life. The water that is used to make these clothes, instead of getting lost as industrial waste, can now be used for other purposes.
Vintage clothing encourages and develops a recycling community.
Clothing recycling will allow fashion to move towards a circular economy.
This is undoubtedly a solution that improves the ecological footprint and stops the textile industry from being one of the most polluting industries in the world.
Buying second hand clothes assists in keeping the recycling system in place as people who can otherwise not afford these garments are able to wear them.
Yes, Vintage can be the answer to sustainable shopping! #buyvintage