When going about a zero waste lifestyle others may think that’s the end of shopping or expressing oneself. However this is not true: for me zero waste means I go about my life minimizing my trash output while making ethical choices. The fashion and garment industry are one of the top polluters of waste in particular “fast fashion” retailers like H&M, Forever 21, Zara, & GAP. Because they mass produce clothing and shelve out the smaller batches of goods more frequently by the cycle we have too much clothing items lying around.
There’s a claim that not everyone can afford ethically produced garments but that shouldn’t deter you from wanting to choose sustainable actions. What does one do to reduce waste but still participate with fashion? Personally I haven’t bought anything new, save for the occasional gift I receive that happens to be a clothing item (and if I don’t genuinely want it, I will donate it). Instead I have been second-hand shopping for the past 6+ years with the focus of selecting pieces that I know I will want a few years from now so I don’t continue the cycle of garment waste.
By secondhand shopping you take an action by buying items that already exist while saving them from a future in the landfill. Secondhand shopping is often priced affordably or at discounted costs. You aren’t limited to choices or styles. The great thing is that secondhand shopping is extending itself to an online platform such as thredUp
thredUp serves as an online secondhand store. People can donate their clothing items and accessories through the Clean Out program with the fees gong to charity or in-store credit. This helps prevent clothing from going to landfill. The store features various brands ranging from H&M, Free People, Brandy Melville and designer labels like 7 For All Mankind and Burberry. So basically they cover the bases. In my opinion you’re better off buying from thredUp than dropping full price at a mall or their online stores. All of the items on thredUp ranging from clothing to accessories and kids are at discounted prices and the Basement section that features fixer-uppers for the DIY enthusiasts. Thredup currently offers accessory and clothing items for women and juniors while including maternity wear, plus size options, and kids as well (both girl and boy). They also have a pretty cool blog called thredit (get it?) which includes one of my favorite posts featuring Emily Harteau a mom + wanderer of the blog Our Open Road
In the spirit of February, I think Valentines Day shouldn’t be limited to one day. Whether you are dating, or single I recommend setting a day aside to spend time with those you care about, have a Galentine’s Day, or even a day/night on your own and be kind. I partnered up with thredUP to create some outfits that feature pieces I received from their shop styled with my own personal thrifted finds! I encourage y’all to check out thredUp support secondhand shopping. You can curate any look from the diverse selection on the thredUp website be it: work, school, social events, or a night in. I also appreciate the company’s efforts toward sustainability by using recyclable packaging for your order!
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Crop top by Brandy Melville
shop the brand here, thrifted denim jacket by GAP shop the brand here
, and bag by Calvin Klein shop the brand here
Caramel polka dot dress by Mink Pink c/o thredUp shop brand here, caramel jacket by NY&CO shop brand here
Baby blue top by Glamorous co thredUP shop the brand here, thrifted bag by NY & CO shop the brand here
Final thoughts: My hope for fast fashion retailers is that: instead of incinerating or trashing their unbought items, they will donate it to companies like thredUp who can list the items for sale and find them new homes.