TODAY'S GREEN MANTRA: My new loves, can be pre-Loved
Day 49 / 365

My love for second hand shopping started at a very young age, I've never been much of a saver and growing up without sugar in my diet diverted me from candy shopping at the corner store, so instead, I spent my hard earned cash from selling femo figurines at the market, babysitting and the few little acting parts I got at a second hand store which was about a ten minute walk from my house.

At first, I spent my money on trinkets for my bedroom. I was continuously 're-decorating' which when you're ten consists of asking your mum for a new bed set every birthday and ripping out colour coordinating posters of Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Leonardo Dicaprio and the other handsome dudes which graced the covers of the various Teenie Bopper magazines I borrowed from Cornish Library and promptly defaced to create my wall of 'inspiration'. By the time I was 16 I owed the library $200 for my selfish acts of vandalism, but my collage skills were so bad ass by that point I managed to make it up in bonus grades given for creativity at my High School (thanks Mr. Bergen!).

Back then there were no fast fashion stores catering to teens, so if you wanted to look like anything other than the daughter of Eddie Bauer you had to get creative, and the only way I knew how to do that was to shop second hand.

I remember finding a Guess jacket perfect for emulating Sarah Michelle Gellar's style in Buffy The Vampire Slayer for $10 and feeling like I won the lottery, that feeling didn't change when fifteen years later I found the Cowichan Sweater (pictured in my last post), perfect for emulating The Dude from The Big Labowski. It was like a free ticket to Disney Land for me. So much so I never felt the need to go to that wretched place.

Back then I had no idea shopping outside the mall was 'Green', to me it was just an avenue to a sense of independence and individuality that I couldn't find elsewhere, and it's a type of wardrobe procurement has stuck with me since. Though I tend to see more fast fashion brands lining the colour coated collections at charity shops these days, I'm happy to see even those items of F21 evil that would have otherwise ended up in the landfills given a second life in someone else's wardrobe.

As I mentioned in my previous posts this week, Americans alone send 10.5 million tons of clothing to landfills each year, so whether you're buying upcycled, vintage or second hand, you're helping to reduce these numbers ten fold.

Bricks and mortar second hand stores are my preferred source of preLoved garment gathering, but the online world has joined in the fun too, making some of those pinned or instagrammed items you've been lusting after but a guilt free click away.

- SWEET SECOND HAND SOURCES - 

Bohemians unite, the relatively unknown but thriving Byron Bay community is alight with beautiful creations. Though very few (if any) are ecologically or ethically produced, there is a one lovely lady among them who has gathered their discards to distribute to new homes and that's Second Love Byron Bay. If you're a lover of Spell And The Gypsy Collective, Arnhem or any of the other brands coming from that little piece of paradise but can't ethically purchase from them because their production and material use isn't as conscious as their collections.

SHOP WITH SECOND LOVE BYRON BAY HERE: http://www.secondloves.com/

                                                                                                                                                                   

Download this instagram style app to shop goodies from randoms around the world, including famous bloggers and celebs. You can upload your own unwanted items as well and trade or buy with others on the app.

SHOP OR SELL WITH DEPOP HERE: https://www.depop.com/en/

                                                                                                                                                                   

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Not a new thing at all, but for the purposes of saving money and gaining access to what you 'need', often times when a much loved wardrobe staple I own falls apart or disappears, I'll replace it by buying the same again second hand. I normally first look for a viable replacement in the eco world, but if it can't be found, I'll head to ebay. We recently got my husfriend some Patagonia swimshorts that had been sold out online and I myself a pair of Toms sunglasses as mine had been snapped. You can go double green if you shop for green brands second hand, but I won't judge you if you just hunt for a fast fashion replacement, as it does slow that fast fashion down.

SHOP OR SELL WITH EBAY HERE: http://www.ebay.co.uk/

                                                                                                                                                                   

If you're into luxury goods and can't bare to part with your labels, then this is one way to keep at it and save the planet some pollutive pain. Vestiaire has created an incredible community of more than 4 million members made up of luxury (fast) fashionistas and fashionistos who offload their prime property as often. 

I once had high tea with their PR gal, popular London based blogger, Anna Hart (we met to talk tea dresses when I worked for one of London's original 'it girls', the gorgeous and gracious fashion designer, Edina Ronay), and she told me a little bit about their company which made me love it more. 

In Paris, where the company started out, living spaces are small, even if you're loaded, so for that, and mental health, most women keep a capsule wardrobe. Most French women buy but a few well made perfectly fitting expensive pieces each season, this shopping habit, though not necessarily supporting 'Green Fashion', is actually quite a green habit to have. Most luxury items are made to last, so even if their production processes, material choice, quantities and ethics might leave you wanting, their creations aren't intended to end up in the bin. They're made to be passed down through generations which is the intention we're looking for when we talk about slow fashion. This mentality was (somewhat indirectly) really well articulated in the article: 'Your Next Item Of Clothing Should Be So Expensive It Hurts', and you can easily take on this conscious shift to buying smarter and buying less with Vestiaire. As a bonus, Vestiaire checks that the items being sold on their site are not fakes and in good condition so you can have confidence in your purchases in a way ebay can't provide! 

SHOP OR SELL WITH VESTIAIRE HEREhttp://www.vestiairecollective.com/
                                                                                                                                                                   

[OXFAM ONLINE]
Oxfam is a UK based charity which fights against extreme poverty putting their money where their mouth is when it comes to emergency response and long-term community driven projects. So any of the second hand clothing you buy from their shops or online support those projects, creating a circular story for the earth, your wardrobe and humanity that is worth embracing for sure.

SHOP OR DONATE TO OXFAM HERE: http://www.oxfam.org.uk/