Recently, the trend of thrifting clothes began to spread in Indonesia. How come? With low prices, we can get clothes with good quality or even get clothes with famous brands. Apart from that, it is also predicted that shirt trading is an alternative to shopping that is more environmentally friendly and sustainable compared to shopping at fast fashion brands.

Is that true?

Basically, thrifting clothes is an alternative to shopping for clothes that are more environmentally friendly and sustainable because we can extend the life of a shirt so that it doesn’t end up in the trash.

However, does thrifting our way of shopping for clothes become sustainable? Not necessarily!

It is true that thrifting our clothes can prevent them from turning into waste, but thrifting clothes if not done responsibly can also cause other problems, namely over-consumption.

Over-consumption is one of the problems in the fashion world that makes the fashion world unhealthy. Not infrequently, we buy clothes not because of need but emotional impulse; buy clothes when happy, sad, after payday, after a breakup, and so on; and this is done frequently.

This makes us have a lot of clothes, then these clothes pile up in the closet, and end up never being worn at all. In the end, the clothes we buy become trash too. The above situation can also occur when we are thrifting clothes. Indeed, we buy used clothes, we contribute to extending the life of a shirt, but over-consumption is over-consumption. If we don’t wear clothes that are thrifted and end up as trash, then the thrifting of clothes becomes an unsustainable activity.

So, how can we buy clothes sustainably?

One thing, we must first understand that the most sustainable clothes are the clothes we already have. We as consumers should be able to ‘spend’ the goods we buy. In terms of clothes, we should wear clothes that we have bought until the function runs out, for example:

  • Out of function because our body size changes
  • Out of function because the clothes are damaged and can’t be repaired anymore

Then, if we have to buy a dress, we must buy it responsibly.

How to buy clothes responsibly?

So that we can buy clothes more responsibly, we can ask these three things before deciding to buy clothes, namely

  • Do I really need this shirt? Or is this just a wish?
  • How often will I wear this dress?
  • Can I be responsible for the waste?

Then, after we can answer these three things, then we can spend our money to buy clothes. Oh yes, one thing too, choose clothes that are classic and have high quality.

It’s not uncommon for clothes like this to have prices that tend to be high, but if you can wear these clothes for years, it can be a great investment!

Listening to the concept of ‘sustainable’, the main concern will lead to the sustainability of nature. Not surprisingly, a sustainable lifestyle is echoed as a form of concern for the environment and natural preservation.

However, it is not uncommon for a sustainable lifestyle to be associated with something complicated and expensive. Complicated, usually refers to the management of kitchen waste, recycling used goods. While expensive is often associated with the selection of environmentally friendly clothing and is often priced high. Whereas a sustainable lifestyle can also be started through simple things. You can start at home, which according to Marie Claire, households are a contributor to 60 percent of greenhouse gases.

Paying attention to the environment is also related to implementing sustainable fashion. Sustainable fashion is not only about environmentally friendly products, but also socially responsible production that pays attention to the welfare of its workers.