March 6, 2022
By Marthe Baalbergen and Linde Schouffoer
Even though our clothing is just pieces of fabric that you put on to cover yourself and to keep you warm, they are fully integrated into our culture of presentation. We show a piece of ourselves through the clothes we wear and the Fashion industry knows that. They are specialized in selling the products for our personality in high speed and low quality. They gain from our compulsory consumption, buying things to satisfy our feeling just for a little time. Back in the day, stores would have two collections; the Summer and the Winter collection. Nowadays, Fast Fashion brands produce around 52 collections in a year. And the bad quality of the clothing makes you come back to every collection. This does not only badly influence our behavior towards shopping but it also destroys our environment. Our earth is not built to make amends for our shopping spree.
There are many ways to shop sustainably, so many in fact that I can imagine you getting a bit lost. In sustainable clothing, you have the option between new sustainably produced clothes and second-hand/vintage clothes. Below, we will also distinguish between online platforms and clothing shops. For both it is important to look at the quality of products, it is of course better to buy a shirt that lasts 3 years than to buy a shirt every year for 3 years long. The whole idea of sustainable clothing is that you buy something that lasts for a long time, so that in the long run you need to consume less. New products often come with a more expensive price tag, but this does not always have to be the case. In this blog, we will write about some alternatives to Fast Fashion. Or in other words; we will showcase Slow Fashion (ethically and environmentally conscious clothing) options and try to give you our experience of using them.
Slow Fashion On Instagram and Vinted
There are several online platforms that sell second-hand clothing, such as Vinted, Sellpy and Instagram accounts. The disadvantage of buying second-hand clothes online is that it is not (always) possible to exchange the clothes, which makes it difficult to assess whether something fits. Something that can help is looking at the posture/body of the person who posted the