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Let's go on a thriftventure!

Aathirai Rajasekar | December 08, 2020

Did you know that the fashion industry generates 110 million tons of waste per year, which is far more than e-waste. If this isn’t alarming, I don’t know what is. For example to make one cotton shirt, around 3000 litres of water is used. If this is the plight for making cotton garments, imagine what it would be for other materials! (Not so fun fact: Your favourite pair of jeans have taken up about 10,000 litres of water to become what they are, so learn to use them well). This was a wake up call for me as it will be for some of you by the end of this article, hopefully! As I had mentioned in my previous post, thrifting is a humdinger of a sort for the shopaholics. Instagram has truly been instrumental in thrifting becoming a phenomena in India over the past year. Especially since the lockdown, the number of thrift stores that have graced my feed has been innumerable. For those of you who aren’t aware of the concept, thrifting is nothing but the act of shopping at a thrift store, flea market, garage sale, or a shop of a charitable organization, usually with the intent of finding interesting pre-owned items at a low price.

One person’s regret buys another person’s treasure! I am sure most of you have at least a few pieces sitting in your wardrobe being subjected to your wrath for impulsively buying them. Nobody deserves that kind of a resentment, especially clothes that have gone through such a rigorous process to have become what they are! Instead, you can sell them off to these thrift stores and I am sure there are enough people to show some love to those pieces. Also, promoting thrifting means curbing the growth of fast fashion, which is the main cause of pollution in the fashion industry. Fashion as such is seasonal and fast fashion retailers are expected to make new clothes/collections every two weeks! The amount of water, materials, dyes used is unimaginable. Next time, if you want a Zara blazer or an H&M pleated skirt, you can simply check out some thrift stores on instagram to buy them without causing a dent in your pocket and the environment.

My first ever thrift store buy was denim dungarees and I love it to bits. If you want to go on a thrift venture, here are some TPS recommendations:

  1. @therelovecloset
  2. @madrasmagpie
  3. @pandapickedstore
  4. @vintage.laundaryy
  5. @bubu_finds

Hope you find these helpful. Personally, thrifting makes me conscious about what I buy and why I thrift in the first place, therefore I don’t end up hoarding.

Yet another concept I was introduced to earlier this year was circular fashion. Circular fashion can be defined as clothes, shoes or accessories that are designed, sourced, produced and provided with the intention to be used and circulate responsibly and effectively in society for as long as possible in their most valuable form, and hereafter return safely to the biosphere when no longer of human use. (Anna Brismar, Green Strategy, 2017) In order to build a circular wardrobe-

  1. Invest on high quality and multifunctional items that you can style in different ways
  2. Mend things instead of discarding them
  3. Most importantly go on a thriftventure to buy things that you wouldn’t use often. For instance, I knew I wouldn’t use a faux leather jacket all that often but I really wanted to own one, so I ended up thrifting it!

In this process, make sure you don’t hoard and buy things that you’d probably never use just because it’s relatively inexpensive. At the end of the day, when our clothes are going back to the ecosystem, let’s make sure we discard them in such a way that it impacts our environment in the least possible way :)

Hope this was insightful!