In the grips of the climate crisis, these four Aussie stories are helping shoppers to reduce their footprint.
As the world continues to battle with the climate crisis, the impact of the fashion industry is becoming more and more apparent. According to the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, Australia is the second highest consumer of textiles, just behind the United States. Each year Australians consume around 27 kilograms of new clothing per person, while disposing of around 23 kilograms to landfill. With better education around slow fashion and more opportunities to buy second hand, becoming a sustainable shopper has never been so easy. To help you on this journey, we’ve come up with our favourite online second-hand stores.
As one of Australia’s largest online thrift stores, The Closet specialises in reselling clothes, shoes and fashion accessories. By reselling these items at a price up to 90% lower than what they were originally brought for, thrift shopping is financially sustainable for any consumer. With sections including designer brands, The Closet focuses on sophisticated and timeless fashion. Check them out here.
Focusing on designer pieces, Blue Spinach is luxury fashion meets sustainability warrior. With brands including Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Chanel and more, Blue Spinach was built on being ethically and environmentally responsible. From its creation in 1996, each piece for sale is hand chosen to prioritise sustainability, quality and customer satisfaction. View its full range here.
Similar to Blue Spinach, REVIOR has built its online store to sell luxury fashion and designer brands to Australians. REVIOR was founded in 2016 with the belief that fashion should include “style, exceptional customer service and sustainable reuse”. This mission has been accomplished through including designers such as; Alexander Wang, Lisa Ho, Hugo Boss, and more, while decreasing the waste from the fashion industry. See its complete range here.
Available in Australia and New Zealand, Mottainai is named after the Japanese term to express regret regarding waste. Mottainai was built on the belief that individuals should respect and use clothes for the items’entire life, while holding a sense of gratitude towards them. With items from various prices, Mottainai is an affordable option when shopping second-hand. Check them out here.
With so many ways to reduce your environmental impact and shop sustainability, will these stores change who you buy from?
By Zoe Moffatt