Saving the planet one vintage outfit at a time!
Vintage shopping is an eco-friendly way of shopping. In what is known as 'the Primark Effect', the consumers of today are buying large quantities of cheap clothing in the latest trends and when they inevitably fall apart weeks or months later, they are thrown away, and more cheap replacements are bought. Clothing is so cheap now that it is seen as being disposable.
What's wrong with that?The negative impact that this has on the environment is threefold.1. The present culture of 'fast fashion' has increased the demand for low cost clothing in the most recent trends. So production has soared, and with it, harmful emissions that have negative effects on the environment, that are produced in the manufacture of new clothing.2. When clothing is thrown away (only 16% of unwanted clothing in the UK gets recycled, the rest gets thrown away) it ends up in landfill, where it decomposes and produces greenhouse gasses. The amount of clothing getting dumped in landfill has soared in the last 5 years. Every year UK consumers buy 2 million tonnes of clothing, 1.2 million tonnes end up in landfill.3. Demand for high quantities of clothing at low prices means that production is taken to the cheapest countries such as China, yet the materials are being sourced in other countries eg cotton from the US, and the finished product being distributed all over the world- resulting in a high expenditure of transportation, resources and energy, or 'clothes miles'.
Furthermore, on a humanitarian level, the conditions in many of the factories where the clothes are manufactured in countries such as China, India, Bangladesh and Indonesia can be very poor, and the workers very underpaid. When you buy a new top for £2, you are entering into this chain of supply and demand- if you show your demand, you are increasing the supply.
Cost effective shopping
It can be very tempting to succumb to the impulse buying of cheap clothes, especially in this economic climate. However, is it actually even cost effective? It may appear that you are getting a bargain, but in the long term you are buying more things, and getting less wear out of them. Surely it's better to buy less, and wear more. If you buy better quality clothes that will last longer, you will get more wears out of them, they will look much better, and actually save money in the long run.
Every time you buy a vintage item instead of a new item you are re-using clothing rather instead of buying new clothing, and actively avoiding disposable fashion. As well as reclaiming a historical piece of clothing! The benefits of vintage shopping are endless, it is the future of the clothing industry, as well as the past!