Buying new clothes is pretty much one of the most satisfying things to do and we acknowledge that, but in the face of sweatshops and all the gruesome things that fast fashion produces, we need to think of smart ways to limit our spending on unethically produced clothing.
In this blog, we’ll give you some tips on how to Cut The Sweat, and reduce your sweatshop footprints! It’s all about recycling and up-cycling, so this post is a must see for both you ethical and sustainable shoppers.
- Thrift Shopping
Heading to your nearest Op shop or second hand store is not only the best way to grab yourself a bargain, but it also a great alternative from contributing to the dirty cycle of fast fashion!
Vintage is always trendy and chances are you’ll find items that barely anyone else has! We know some of these vintage items may have had a sweatshop history, but recycling them is a great alternative from having them end up in the wastelands – and plus, and by buying thifted items instead of spending money on new clothes, you’re actually also helping slow down the demand for fast fashion.
There are heaps of thrift stores in Newtown (Hipster capital of Sydney) so we are sure you will not be disappointed! Spend a day along King Street, which is just where Newtown train Station is and you could even grab some delicious food a long the way – another Newtown specialty. Check out the hot spots here.
- Charity Shops
A long the same lines as thrift shopping, shopping at charity stores are a great alternative to Cut The Sweat. Charity stores are usually cheap, so you don’t have to pay an arm and a leg AND you are giving to a great cause. The money you spend at charity stores go toward helping the needy so not only are you receiving but are also giving to those who really need a hand!
- Recycle and Upcycle your own clothes!
This is so obvious! Check your closet, there must be heaps of clothes in there you can still wear! Recycle them! If not, raid your parent’s closet – there must be something in there they can’t fit into anymore, or are sick of! Best part of this – its free! We highly recommend because you never know what you might find.
And then there’s a thing called upcycling – where you repurpose your old clothes into new fashion items. Have a look at this listinspired guide for some great ideas!
On a final note, Cut The Sweat would like to make a special shout out to Ines Castro for inspiring this post. Check out her blog about shopping ethically here!