As consumers ditch their much-loved clothing to keep up with fast-changing trends, it’s having a negative impact to our environment. More plastics are hitting the oceans and land fill sites will continue to expand, unless action is taken.
Most of the clothing disposed and dumped is very much still wearable, and the answer why lies within new consumer tastes and trends. One way we can act is by fashion recycling, where old clothes can be reformed into new up-to-date styles.
High-street vintage stores focus on re-selling and recycling clothing, which helps with the environmental crisis. Owner at Wild Vintage in Nottingham, Robert Pounder, says that “if you can afford to store it for five years then it may become trendy again.”
He adds that he does his part for the environment by giving “stock to charities which may be outdated from fast-changing trends.” The vintage business prides itself for recycling fashion.
Take a look at WILD vintage store.
Despite the benefits of vintage, fast fashion is at the heart of the world’s waste crisis.
Fast fashion is a term used by retailers to express designs based on catwalk trends, which is quickly manufactured at an affordable price. This includes retail giants such as H&M, Primark, Topshop and Zara.
Supervisor at Cow Vintage in Nottingham, Daisy Zielinski, feels passionate about the effects of fast fashion.
Supervisor Daisy Zielinski talking about fast fashion and its impact upon the environment.
If buying vintage is not for you, then ‘Cash for Clothes’ give instant cash for your old clothing.
Search for your nearest store and do your bit for the environment.
How ‘Cash for Clothes’ works-
- Empty your wardrobes of all unwanted – clothing, paired footwear, handbags, belts, accessories, soft toys and matching bed linen and take it to one of the stores.
- You will then be paid 45p per KG for everything accepted (this is roughly £4.50 per full black bin bag)
- Everything gets sent to countries like Ukraine and Romania where it will get a new lease of life and worn again.
The waste crisis is on the rise, and the fashion industry is developing a terrible reputation.
Fashion recycling is only the start of what needs to be done.