Thrifting, renting solutions to waste created by fast-fashion industry

by | Feb 6, 2020 | Campus News, Life

Akanksha Lamba, Senior Reporter

Antoine Zikry, a second-year Fashion Arts and Business student at Humber, wants to encourage his fellow students to thrift.

The fashion industry is the second-largest consumer of water while manufacturing clothes, which makes it unsustainable, according to Business Insider.

Antoine Zikry suggests looks for organic cotton and wool when thrifting for men’s clothing.(Akanksha Lamba)

“Sustainable fashion is usually environmentally friendly,” Zirky said. “It is made on more ethical practices and that usually lasts longer.”

Sustainable clothing eliminates the need for constantly buying new products.

Zikry recommends organic cotton and wool for men’s fashion.

Some retailers are trying to be more sustainable in their clothing as it is becoming a trend as people realize what they are wearing is causing harm, he said.

“By thrifting, we can recycle the clothes by wearing them again,” Zikry said. “Men have a lot of options when it comes to dressing sustainable — a pair of woolen pants and linen shirts are a must for this season.”

Astrid Sedgvvick, 21, a freelance model and a first-year fashion arts student at Humber North campus, said thrifting can result in a more durable wardrobe.

“I think shopping vintage for things like fur and leather is okay because it’s secondhand and you’re not actually contributing to unethical practices,” she said.

It doesn’t have to be something boring — you can show your personality through anything, you just have to be conscious of how you get your clothing”

Astrid Sedgvvick – fashion arts student

Sedgvvick suggests students visit the Humber boutique at the college’s North campus as it promotes vintage and sustainable clothing.

“I will be able to rent something that’s very unique and high fashion for a very affordable price and I think I will be contributing to ethical standards by doing that,” she said.

The Humber boutique has a pop-up sale every year to promote sustainable fashion.

“It doesn’t have to be something boring — you can show your personality through anything, you just have to be conscious of how you get your clothing,” Sedgvvick said.

She recommends buying bamboo and recycled cotton as it’s one of the most sustainable fabrics.

Bret Samba, 23, a fashion arts and business student at Humber North campus, said how sustainable fashion is unique.

“For me, thrifting is one of the best things to do right now because it saves our environment,” Samba said. “Throwing clothes would cause a lot of waste to go to landfills and it is better to save clothes and donate.”

She recommends students buy knitted sweaters and sweats for the winter from a thrift store.

“I would also recommend high waist pants and turtle neck sweaters,” Samba said.

Zikry believes sacrificing and buying something of high quality will help people make their wardrobe last longer.

“For sustainable shopping, people should buy clothes from local designers who provide sustainable clothing, as they are affordable and eco-friendly,” he said.