This Weekend Get Your Fashion Fix Sans Carbon Footprint
Could the hottest new fashion trend be: no more trend?
Everything in life is cyclical, most of all fashion, a fact I quickly learned working as a buyer in my 20s. I started out at Ralph Lauren, went on to work for Jennifer Lopez and eventually bought ready-to-wear for Intermix. I felt the pressure to keep up appearances and often turned to fast fashion on a shoestring budget in order to do so.
I did acquire some pretty artful designer pieces that I care for preciously, meaning they don’t get shoved inside a piece of luggage and pushed under my bed. But I’ve also built up an incredible amount of waste. And if I’m being completely honest, I actively wear approximately 3 – 5 percent of my wardrobe.
According to the World Resources Institute, the effects of fast fashion on the environment are shocking.
- Discarded clothing made of non-biodegradable fabrics can sit in landfills for up to 200 years.
- Making a pair of jeans produces as much greenhouse gases as driving a car more than 80 miles.
- It takes 2,700 liters of water to make one cotton shirt, enough to meet the average person’s drinking needs for two-and-a-half years.
Studies show almost 60% of all clothing produced, is disposed of within a year of production (ending in landfill or incineration). Feel guilty yet? The statistics are incredibly compelling but so is my fierce shopping addiction. Sometimes I can’t resist the need to trade cash for goods, so I found the perfect solution: vintage.
Given what we know, it’s clear that apart from supporting brands who uphold higher ethical standards, buying second-hand clothing is the biggest personal change that can be made for the environment.
I recently ran into a goldmine shop called, Thrift Wares in SoHo at Artists and Fleas. While I normally feel overwhelmed by product at markets, their knowledgable staff and unique designer collection made buying second-hand feel so new and totally luxurious.
Shopping vintage provided an exciting sense of discovery, as opposed to the desperate seeking I tend to experience at the giant fast fashion retailers. I even saved a few bucks.
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Did you know? NYC’s fashion industry wastes 8 million tons of textile scraps every year. ? With this in mind, @zerowastedaniel has built a brand around creating beautiful products that contribute to the idea of #zerowaste. Follow him to Williamsburg on the second leg of his NY tour this weekend (4/20-4/21), and mark your calendars for his A&F Chelsea Market stay beginning on #EarthDay, Monday, April 22nd!
In New York this weekend, A Current Affair has gathered over 70 vintage vendors for you to get your fashion fix without making a carbon footprint. Not to mention, you won’t be the fifth girl in the club in the same Zara top. You know the feeling, don’t lie.
A Current Affair #ACAinBK
274 36th St Brooklyn, NY
Sat/Sun 12 PM – 6 PM, Preview Shopping Sat 10 AM