The Reasons We Celebrate #nationalsecondhandwardrobeday
This weekend we celebrated #nationalsecondhandwardrobeday. It's not a day that's as popular as "nationaldogday" (but who can compete with the dogs - I mean, really?) but whether #nationalsecondhandwardrobeday gets much recognition or not, we as a company celebrate it. McMillan Creative is constantly doing our best to prioritize sustainability and eco-friendly practices, so we felt it was worth dedicating a blog post to this national day and help explain why buying second hand clothing is a benefit to us, our environment and ultimately our wallets.
Let's Talk Fast Fashion Fast fashion continues to dominate our culture despite its harmful impacts on the environment and really, our wallets. To understand fast fashion you want to take a look at standard fashion practices. Think of the fashion industry as operating in four cycles: fall, winter, spring and summer. Designers plan months ahead working to set seasonal trends. But now, we're seeing brands increase their production to reproduce catwalk designs made from low quality materials so trends can be readily available to the masses. Now, instead of four seasons we see 52 cycles - one "collection" per week. Brands include the ever popular H&M, Zara and Forever21 who all get daily shipments of new styles, while Topshop introduces 400 styles a week on its website. With the influx of production comes a couple of jarring human rights and environmental issues. 1) Popular chains including, Charlotte Russe, Wet Seal, Forever21 and others are still selling lead-contaminated purses, belts and shoes above the legal amount, according to the Center for Environmental Health. " Lead exposure has been linked to higher rates of infertility in women and increased risks of heart attacks, strokes and high blood pressure. Many scientists agree there is no "safe" level of lead exposure for anyone."
2) Each year, the clothing that we throw away amounts to about 11 million tons in the US alone per year. For comparison, that same year there was a total of 139 million tons of garbage in total. The clothing we're throwing away amounts to 12% of all landfill. 3) Lastly, a worker’s health is constantly being jeopardized through their long hours, lack of resources, exposure to harmful chemicals, and often physical abuse. The people who make fast fashion clothing have been confirmed to be underpaid, underfed, and pushed to their limits because there are often few other options. To read more about Fast Fashion and it's impact on our environment check out Lucy Siegle's book, To Die For: Is Fast Fashion Wearing Out the World. Let's Talk Style
In a city that glorifies grunge, we can argue that our best looks are assembled from thrift-store finds that translate across any city as stylish. To make a point of this we raced through a thrift store in a short hour to find an entire outfit that was inexpensive and defined our personal style.
For $35 dollars we found: - Lucky Brand Jeans - Norm Thompson Retro Fitted Sweater - Silver Pointed Toe Flats - J Crew Scarf - Earrings - No Name Purse - (important to note; made with gum wrappers)
Check out all of our below finds: