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Vintage clothing: a simple way to reduce, reuse and recycle

When we go shopping, we do not tend to think about who is behind the production of the clothes we buy and perhaps, it is time we started wondering whether employees have been exploited to make the goods which are now in our hands. Because the manufacturing of mass-produced items can often involve abuse, it is necessary to take the ethical considerations into account, so that one can be absolutely sure that child or extremely cheap labour has not been used in the production of your clothes.

Over the past few years, vintage clothing has become a trend. The financial crisis of 2008 led to a reduction of wages and as people could not afford the purchase of many goods, the market demand decreased. This fact generated the necessity to establish new shops which not only allowed people to buy cheaper garments, but also promoted their recycling.

According to the Greenpeace report ‘Timeout for fashion’, the textile industry has experienced a financial boost in recent decades, due to the rise of fast fashion and consumerism. As trends are constantly changing, people’s desire to renew their wardrobe has also increased and consequently, clothing quality has diminished, reaching a point in which the useful life of a garment is much less than what was the case at the beginning of the century. Nowadays, the average lifespan is approximately 3 years but after this time, what happens to the clothes we throw away? Have you ever stopped to think about it?

Environmentally speaking, by wearing and buying vintage or reused clothes, we can avoid the waste of 16 million tons of textile material that, as the European Commission has stated, Europe generates every year. Moreover, much of this waste ends up in landfills or is incinerated, producing a high environmental impact.

With that being said, aren’t you tired of seeing the same garment in every store? Shopping for second-hand clothing, allows you to be truly individual, since each and every vintage piece is unique in its own way. Hence, it is almost impossible for you to see someone wearing your same outfit.

In addition, there are other alternatives to recycling, which includes helping people, as is the case of some NGOs, which collect donated clothes and offer them to those who cannot afford to buy those items because of their economic situation.

So, taking into account the above mentioned, buying vintage clothes not only ensures you a great quality but it also reduces the exploitation of workers and child labour. Besides, by donating your no longer used clothes and buying second-hand ones, you will be contributing to the environment as well as staying fashionable.

Show you care, do your bit! By reusing, recycling and donating, changing this reality is possible!

Some recommendations

Palo Alto Market: If you do not know what to do on the first weekend of every month, do not hesitate and go to Palo Alto! This market brings together vintage design, art and fashion in an environment of gastronomy and music that will allow you to enjoy a Saturday morning with your friends.

Flamingos Vintage Kilo: As this shop specializes in selling vintage North American clothing, if you are looking for a great selection of retro pieces; this is your best option. There you will find a spectacular collection from the 80’s, with everything you need to wear unique clothes.

Lost & Found Market: Discover this market of vintage and second-hand products! Apart from finding second-hand curated treasures, you will also have the chance to mingle and meet new interesting people from all over the world. Do not miss it!

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