Why Thrifting Gets you Higher Quality and More Sustainable Clothes by @Diana.Ville

Whether you got into thrifting to save money or the planet, the most confusing part of the journey is deciding your rules. The more you learn, the more questions come up: Do I care about my clothes ' composition? Will I choose ethical or sustainable materials? Are synthetic fabrics THAT bad?                                                  by @Diana.Ville
There's a reason I center this conversation around fabric: it affects both your pocket and the impact on the environment. So let's do a quick dive on the most common material you'll find in fast-fashion (and beyond): Polyester.

Veste en Cuir véritable Gabin et Chemisier Mélusine

According to Common Objective (a tech platform designed to make sustainability easier for fashion businesses), "65% of all fibers used in the fashion industry are made from synthetic material – mainly polyester...". With 95% of all future fiber growth coming from polyester, we have to ask ourselves, how come it's so popular? It's simple, it's cheap to make, and its characteristics make it easy to use for almost any kind of clothing. Despite's polyester's versatility, it's effects on the environment make it a hard pass. Not only is it NOT biodegradable, but its dyes and manufacturing process heavily pollute our water. And that's without mentioning the microfibers it releases once it's washed...

Cardigan Givenchy Crop Length et Gilet Saint James

If it's cheap to make, why are trendy french brands like Rouje, Maje, or Sandro selling us dresses, coats, and vests for €200+? Because we don't know better, and we equate higher prices with higher quality. Since supply chains are opaque, the easiest way we can tell whether a piece of clothing is worth it is by its composition. 

Manteau Mexx oversized au coloris noir & Manteau Astrid vert oliveManteau Mexx Oversized et Manteau Astrid 100 % laine 

Take Rouje's latest collection as an example. They released various coats and dresses that were vintage-inspired but made almost exclusively of polyester or synthetic materials. At their price range, a quick look at any second-hand shop would let you know that you could get very similar items made from natural fabrics (wool, cotton, leather) at a significantly lower price. So it's not just about polyester's effect on the environment but also on your bank account. Rouje's Jacque's Jacket costs 250€, but its composition is 75% synthetic materials (50% acrylic and 25% polyester).

Manteau Astrid 100 % laine 

Blazer Billie 100 % laine

Perfecto Elvis en cuir véritable

Ultimately, the biggest problem is not necessarily the fabric we choose but rather the demand and the problems that overproduction create. While opting for natural fibers is almost always a better choice, not buying at all or consuming second-hand is better. Not only will you be saving money but also getting something that takes less toll on the environment.

Article rédigé par @diana.ville

Photographie par @elisaramii