Vintage stuff: conscious consumption or fashion trend?
Recently, many have chosen the path of “informed consumption” in one interpretation or another. Fashion, of course, does not stand still, and every hour a particular trend appears, and the industry also adapts to it. Nevertheless, more and more fashion brands and trendsetters are choosing vintage items in order to reduce their environmental impact.
Eco-activists claim (and not without reason) that the production of clothing takes second place after oil production and processing in terms of the degree of pollution of our planet. This is due to the fact that modern products contain a large number of synthetic fibers (nylon, acrylic), as well as plastic. That is why products made of artificial materials harm the environment both at the production stage and at the disposal stage.
But not only plastic and nylon are dangerous for nature – cotton also causes damage because it requires a lot of fresh water for irrigation, and pesticides and herbicides are used to grow it. And that’s all – against the backdrop of greenhouse gases from textile production and far from ideal working conditions in third world countries, where, in fact, most of the modern fashionable products are produced.
But the world is changing for the better, and many brands are moving towards slow fashion ideology, struggling with seasonal trends, excessive consumption and throwing things away. The unnecessary is offered to donate to those in need, and to buy only that which will last more than one year or has already served someone. And the value of vintage things increases.
It is in small vintage shops that you can buy the necessary things or accessories that will allow you not to spend the precious resources of the planet, since they have already managed
Do not assume that vintage is a relic of the past with a pungent smell of old age and inapplicability in modern realities. Each year, the value of vintage accessories and clothing can increase, especially if it is something unique or precious.
What can be considered vintage? Usually these are things that were released from 1930 to 1990, and carry a certain value due to the fact that there are not very many of them left in the world. Naturally, the more unusual materials or original designs were used, the higher the value of the item.
Collectors, however, often hunt for vintage things, but this is rather the exception, because most likely this thing belonged to a celebrity or exists in a single copy. The main, paramount importance of such things is one of the ways of reasonable, informed consumption, which helps to preserve natural resources and responsible attitude to the environment.
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