It is becoming apparent that we are in the midst of a turning point regarding our planet. It’s essentially breaking, and without our help it cant be fixed. Most of us know we need to do our bit, and most of us are; ditching the single use plastic, or opting for vegetarian and vegan diets, all in aid of the bigger picture. Clothing production has been labelled one of the biggest contributors to environmental damage, with the industry responsible for 10% of carbon emissions, globally. Since we’re all guilty in one way or another, we’re taking the heat, and doing something about it. Some have even pledged to miss fast fashion entirely, in favour of shopping entirely sustainably, including vintage, and second hand.
The disposal of waste clothing alone by fast fashion brands contributes 1.2 billion tons of Co2 per year, and uses 93 billion cubic metres of water. Thats enough to meet the consumption needs of over five million people. With this in mind, we at Set know there are many more benefits to shopping sustainable, aside from helping the planet. A huge upside to shopping vintage or reworked is the exclusivity, that one of a kind feel that just cant be recreated with mass produced. Its rare to see two items the same, and reworked items are often produced in limited quantities, making expressing your individuality easier than ever.
However, shopping second hand isn’t the only way to be kind to our planet. Plenty of brands are committed to creating lasting, sustainable pieces, such as Patagonia, who promise to repair any item of their clothing, free of charge, provided it can be repaired, otherwise an alternate solution will be arranged, and the original piece will be recycled. Patagonia also uses a majority of organic and recycled fabrics where possible, making it one of the most conscious brands available currently. They’re also a member of the ‘1% for the Planet’ scheme, which we at Set also contribute to, pledging 1% of annual profits to environmental causes. Other brands, such as Recover Tex, convert pre-worn clothing and ocean waste into usable yarns and cotton, giving the waste products and new lease of life. London based P.i.C Style creates sustainable womenswear from recycled fabric and deadstock pieces, which are all locally sourced.
There are countless brands which are doing their bit to look after our planet, so, the thing to takeaway is this; there are always way to be kinder and more conscious, and while none of us are perfect, all we can do is our best. Written by Eleanor Aithwaite