Is there such a thing as being an Eco-friendly shopper? How about a sustainable fashionista?

Is it hard to be one? Or is there a way we can be environmentally friendly while also keeping true to our fashion style?

As many of you may know, last week was Earth Day. We tend to celebrate Earth Day by actively engaging in ‘green’ activities such as recycling more, being more mindful of energy usage or lowering our water consumption. Nevertheless, as normal human beings, we tend not to keep up with these important tasks after Earth Day passes (or at least not all of them). This is because it is easier to add a habit than to take one away. If you think about it, it might be easier to donate a number of clothes every season than to stop shopping for six months in a row.

But, why donate/recycle or use second-hand clothing at all? Although there is no such thing as 100% sustainability in fashion, we can still minimize the toll on the environment by recycling or donating as well as using second-hand clothing. You want to make sure that you are prioritizing three things by doing this:

  • The environment
  • Your community
  • Yourself

Why these three? The environment is already being affected by the production as well as the wastage of clothing. In fact, most new fabrics are made up of about 64% of plastic. Ocean Wise created an interesting “Break of plastic pattern” Video which goes into detail of how much microfibers fill up our ocean given its lack of decomposition. We end up with approximately 13 million tonnes of plastic every year floating in our oceans. If these clothes can be donated or recycled we would be looking at lower amounts of plastic in the oceans, less plastic in sea-food and, ultimately, less plastic in our bodies.

We live in a cyclical world were everything depends on one another, so we need to create a community-based approach where we look after each other.

So, what are our options?

Here in Vancouver, we have many!

Choosing to Recycle or Want to Donate?

Zara has provided customers with drop off bins in selected stores where you can bring old clothes or textiles and drop them off. Stores providing this service: Robson, Richmond, Park Royal and Metrotown. For more information on the Clothes Collection Project Click Here. 

The Covenant House provides help to Vancouver’s homeless and at-risk youth. They accept clothing donations for youth between the ages of 16 to 24. Items can be dropped off 24 hours a day at 575 Drake St and at their alleyway drive-up drop-off during certain hours. For more information on Donations Click Here

The DEW works with marginalized and at-risk women to ensure safety and support. The accept donations of clothes at 302 Columbia St. You can drop off the clothes from 10am-12pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, while also from 2-4: 30 pm on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. For more information on Donations Click Here

Want a Conscious Style? Second-Hand Shopping!

Hunter & Hare is a women’s consignment store that carries good quality and stylish pieces that are well priced. They are all for the recycling process while also matching their customer’s style. Want a consignment option? Simple! Put it in a bag and take it to the store – they are open form 11-7pm Monday to Saturday and 12-5pm on Sundays. For more information on their consignment option Click Here. 

F&C began in 1993 in a small shop on Main Street, Vancouver. They began selling consignment clothing, antiques, and jewelry to its customers. Now, it has continued to maintain its value while also growing its business to being widely known in the city.

They’re consignment services take place by season. They are right now accepting spring pieces – For more information on their consignment option Click Here

M&Y is an on-trend luxury Fashion Re-sale + Designer Consignment Store in Vancouver. They sell luxury fashion that is in like-new condition that allows you to treat yourself while helping the environment. Buying days for Mine & Yours are Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. For more information on their consignment option Click Here

Even if you prefer donating to a different cause or shopping at a consignment store in your neighborhood, you will not only be helping your community but also contributing to living a conscious sustainable lifestyle. Hope you give one of these options a try!


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