Is Buying Vintage Really Sustainable?

We have seen thrifting come full circle. What used to be thought of as dirty, is now a super huge trend. But, part of people’s reasoning for thrifting and buying vintage is for its sustainability purposes. I argue that it is more sustainable to shop second hand because you are not producing anything new and in reality, production of anything is not good. Even if it is produced sustainably. However, there are also arguments of vintage garments being an unethical practice.


It is argued that the business model resembles the fast fashion business model. Buyers and traders buy by the kilo and usually do not get to see the items they are purchasing, so the unwanted items end up getting tossed. Charity’s have also seen a loss of around $100 per tonne because of the decline in quality clothing coming in. And what happens to the clothes that don’t get sold at the shops? They are said to be recycled, but a lot of that waste can’t be recycled due to the type/quality of fabric and then ends up in landfills.


It is clear to me that there should be more transparency in the vintage market, however, on a sustainability level, I still view buying vintage as one of the most sustainable ways to shop. I do question it’s ethical values now though. Comment your thoughts on my last Instagram post @SimplySuzette .


See you next week and stay diligent 🙂


**Photo from Dust Factory Vintage Clothing Wholesale

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