A month ago, my sister introduced me to the world of online thrift shopping. She had become obsessed with live auctions on Instagram and would go on and on about how much these people were making off such a small investment. It had me wondering how long did it take for these people to make a career out of selling thrifted clothing online. Some of them make hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. And while that is extremely few and far between, many others have made this their main (or only) income source. So, with a $40 investment at Goodwill and a trash bag of old clothes, I decided to give it a shot. I am by no means an Instagram live auctioneer and have already tried my hand on Etsy a time or two, so Depop seemed to be the obvious route.
When you're looking for a new outfit, where is the first place you want to shop? Is is a thrift store? Your favorite local designer? That online store that sells vegan clothing and uses fair labor practices? Do you just run out to the nearest shopping center to have a look in a lot of different stores? Maybe you swing by Target and hope to find what you need there? How often do you look into the practices of the companies you buy from? How often do you look at the label to see what material an item of clothing is made from? What do you do with the clothes you no longer want? What laundry detergent do you use? Do you use a dryer or hang your clothes on a line?
Throughout this months, a totally different year that took everyone by surprise; and the fashion industry is one of the sectors that has faced multiple challenges since the beginning of this confinement, and that a few months later, the same industry has recognized that during this time of pause the impact that the industry has with mass production of clothing, accessories and footwear.
we all wear clothes and we are all guilty of forgetting or ignoring our relationship with the environment. as a few reminders, your average cotton t-shirt takes 2,700 liters of water. that is about 713 gallons. for reference, the average american drinks only 58 gallons of water in one year.
In the UK shops are set to reopen on June 15th, and like a lot of us, I am desperate to piece myself back together, the urge to run to shops to buy fast fashion, hair dye, and buy the things that make me feel like me is strong. But then I started to think about how much of my identity is different, cue The Internal Shift.
I've been a fan of Dolls Kill for about five years. It's been my go-to for clothing for as long as I've known about them. They have it all—rave clothes, goth boots, festival pants...You name it.
Let me start off by saying that 'zero waste' will be a coniunous journey. In our consumerist culture nothing comes without some kind of waste attatched to it. Alas, that should not stop us from trying our hardest to minimise our impact on this poor little earth. Here is the beginning of my journey - about a year of being conscious of what I'm buying. Read for some useful tips, some interesting stories, and what I've learned.
I love fashion. I've always used it as a chance to express myself. University was the time I really got to explore this avenue. Every lecture or library trip became a fashion show for me.
The COVID-19 Pandemic has spurred the biggest economic and humanitarian crises around the world. No matter how stable the economy is it's getting shaken with every passing hour. Effecting thousands of industries and sectors, the pandemic is leaving its drastic influences on the fashion industry which is of its discretionary nature is showing a gradual downward graph and a stressful future awaits.