Yester year fashion, Saving the Planet
For many, sustainable fashion is not a cause worth fighting for. It is considered inconvenient however the ramifications of fast fashion cannot be seen on a daily basis.
Westville activist and feminist, Rebecca Ben, says that thrifting is an easy and attainable way to contribute towards sustainable fashion.
“Often information on who produces a garment or how they produce it is difficult to find and I think that’s why people don’t really pay attention to the sustainable fashion conversation, but we can still contribute to saving the environment by thrifting,” said Ben.
Thrifting means to shop for already used clothing items from a thrift store, garage sale or flea market. These clothes are considered to be gently used items and are sold at discounted prices. Thrifted items are usually in good shape and have enough life left to be useful to a new owner.
“Thrifting is very liberating. I was able to develop a unique look for myself through it, which is not dictated by the status quo or what is popular in mainstream media.” said Ben.
“I like wearing beautiful old school clothes because they are not mainstream but they also make me feel really good when I wear them,” Ben added.
There are many benefits for the environment and everyday life that thrift shopping offers, such as reducing your carbon foot print. The manufacturing and process of supplying clothes to retailers to be sold consumes a lot of energy and water, and the disposing off of unwanted items impacts the environment negatively, as some clothing brands resort to disposing off of stock that has been left unsold by sending it to landfill sites or, alternatively, burning it.