Two days ago I read an article about second-hand shopping and how this sector will increase by around 50% until 2025, which is insane. Vintage and second-hand shopping have become so much more important than just 5 years ago, and not just in the luxury area.
I am a very passionate online shopper and my environmental footprint is probably ginormous. Of course, I am aware that this is having an impact on the world I live in. Getting parcels shipped to my door and coming home to them is actually kind of making me happy, which probably also makes me a psychopath. But that’s okay because now I realized what fatal mistakes I have been making and knowing I have to change my lifestyle ASAP. All this trouble about the climate made me overthink a lot.
The fashion industry has a super high impact on our environment, even more than flying. Actually the fashion industry is the second-largest polluter in the world. 20% of industrial water pollution is coming from textile treatment and dying and more than 20.000 liters of water are needed to produce only one kilogram of Cotton That’s just a small part of something really big. This is shocking and alarming. We are experiencing climate change every day, may it be a very warm January or overly hot summers. The climate is changing, and this will affect our lives to the max.
How can we help the environment?
We all have to get our shit together and start fixing the environment. However one can’t do this alone, but if everyone helps a bit we can change something before its too late.
Starting off with replacing our usual shopping habits with a little visit to a vintage shop or shopping at sustainable places. 2020 is the year of investing, investing in a good, sustainably made clothing. Spending more on better quality and respecting the impact on the environment. Some sustainable brands offer exclusive information on their clothes, like origin and manufacturing details. This makes it easy to follow the manufacturing process. This shows transparency and even tells us how the pricing is put together.
Shopping local can also help to reduce your environmental footprint. Local vintage shops or even resell platforms like Kleiderkreisel (DE), Depop (US/GB) or Vestiaire Collective (luxury) are a great way of buying new pieces that are pre-loved and in good condition.
Below I listed some of my favorite shopping alternatives to reduce your impact on the environment:
- $ ASOS Marketplace
- $$ Uncle Studios by Allegra Shaw
- $$ ARKET
- $$$ Reformation
- $$$ Everlane
- $$$ Attire by Xenia Adonts