Do you know that we can save the earth by taking part in the world of thrifting? Good thing that there’s a new eco-conscious fashion trend termed ‘thrift flipping’ Yep. You read that right! One way to help reduce earth’s waste is by ending or minimizing our desire for new clothes.
Thrift flipping is popularised by Gen Z, basically, it is upcycling or improving clothes you bought from a thrift shop and turning them in a more stylish way.
While it is true that fashion trends keep on coming at us and it is hard to avoid them. But sadly, the fashion industry is wreaking havoc on the environment. A report shows that since the 1990s, consumer behavior has changed toward continuous clothing purchases. Therefore, as the demand continues to increase, the faster the textile waste ends up in landfills.
What’s going to happen now? Since this industry produces 20% of global waste and 10% of carbon emissions and it is estimated that by 2050 it will increase to 25%. Hence, the need for change should imperatively acknowledge not just by fashion brands and manufacturers but also by the consumers. Knowing this, here are some ways that we can do to be a responsible consumers:
Buy Second-hand Clothes
Although there’s a stigma in buying clothes from thrift shops, in fact, it is a sustainable way of consuming clothes. Taking part, it is good to practice thrift shopping aside from it being cost-effective it is a great help to prevent the increase of carbon footprints caused by clothing production.
You don’t always have to buy new clothes just to keep up with trends. You just have to be creative! There are tons of ways and hacks on how to flip your clothes and turn them into a more fashionable style. By upcycling clothes that have been produced, we can decrease the amount of clothes that are thrown into landfills.
Support Brands That Advocates for Upcycling Clothes
I know that a thrift shop is not someone’s go-to store. That is why having local brands like Herman & Co, Maison Meteisse, Tela, etc. who diligently work to help make a difference is plausible. As a responsible consumer, let’s have a habit of doing research on brands that has responsible values where it supports our advocacy. If you specifically want to take action choose a brand that represents your values.
Practice being a responsible consumer. After all, we all live in the same environment so let’s have the willingness to participate and act on this environmental issue. A collective change in consumer behavior can make an impact both on the fashion industry and on the earth. Make every purchase count! Happy shopping.
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