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AFFORDABLE SUSTAINABLE FASHION | Conscious Shopping on a Budget

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Ethical and sustainable fashion brands are more expensive but building a conscious wardrobe doesn't have to mean spending a lot of money! Buy second-hand clothes online: Depop https://www.depop.com/ Ebay http://www.ebay.com (look into the sellers to make sure they're not just re-selling new clothes) Poshmark https://poshmark.com/ ThredUp https://www.thredup.com/ Tradesy https://www.tradesy.com/ Vintage stores: Beyond Retro http://www.beyondretro.com/en/ (UK) Etsy vintage https://www.etsy.com/c/vintage Rokit http://www.rokit.co.uk/ (UK) Second-hand ethical brands: Fisher Found (secondhand Eileen Fisher) https://www.fisherfound.com/ Green Eileen - stores in the US (reworked Eileen Fisher) http://www.greeneileen.org/stores/ Bead & Reel Rescued Collection https://www.beadandreel.com/collections/rescued Discounted ethical fashion at Love Justly https://www.lovejustly.com/ Garmentory also carries some sustainable/ethical brands like Kowtow, Amour Vert, Allison Wonderland, Olderbrother, New Classics Studio, Veja, and more. Sometimes selling past-season and sale clothes, you can also make an offer on some products https://www.garmentory.com People Tree sample sale in London http://www.peopletree.co.uk/sample-sales - they also have pretty good sales sometimes online http://www.peopletree.co.uk/sale Clothing Swapping/Swishing: Clothing swap Meetups https://www.meetup.com/topics/clothesswap/ Swap Style http://www.swapstyle.com/ Rehash https://www.rehashclothes.com/ also check local events or host your own clothing swap party! Other resources: What does that $14 shirt really cost? http://www.macleans.ca/economy/business/what-does-that-14-shirt-really-cost/ The True Cost Documentary https://truecostmovie.com/ Thrifting tips https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJHd81IHHGg How to care for your clothes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wt9yB7Xrcnc What are good quality clothes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjWiUI7MdbQ Why I buy new & used clothing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gHzP1hvu0o Thanks for watching! Want to shop more consciously? Check out my sustainable/ethical brand directory http://verenaerin.ca/brand-directory/ Thank you so much to the community members helping out with subtitling/translating for making this content more accessible! https://goo.gl/D93baJ + Subscribe to My Green Closet http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=MyGreenCloset + Support My Green Closet on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/MyGreenCloset + Join the My Green Closet Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/MyGreenCloset/ - - - Also find me on twitter: https://twitter.com/VerenaErin instagram: http://instagram.com/verenaerin pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/verenaerin/ This is not a sponsored video. #sustainablefashion #ethicalfashion #slowfashion #MyGreenCloset
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Brooke McLaren (2 months ago)
Patagonia now has a second hand shop. It’s called Worn Wear.
Vanessa Kountul (2 months ago)
I now only BUY second hand sustainable brands or, if it’s new, a sustainable brand from the netherlands, where I live
Brie Toujours (2 months ago)
Hey Verena, I'm trying to shop ethical and eco friendly fashion and am super burnt out by info overload. I kinda want to give up on shopping and just stretch my current wardrobe as much as possible before I have to start replacing things. Any suggestions on how to shop ethically without burnout??
Brie Toujours (2 months ago)
My Green Closet thank you, sorry I got your name wrong. This was a question I had for somebody I know and I wanted to extend it to you because your video was helpful and you have a little more knowledge then I do on the subject. Taking it a little at a time and focusing on my values is definitely a new approach for me. 😊
My Green Closet (2 months ago)
I always recommend focusing on your top priority, nothing is "perfect" and it's really overwhelming to try and find things that check all the boxes so focusing on one thing you care about can really help. I also have an older video talking more about this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KODSU7Ifre8 and also a video about how to approaching shopping https://youtu.be/Y9sGX7DwkaQ
Inara Stamp (3 months ago)
Unfortunately often people assume more expensive stores are ethical and well made . I am not sure about the us but plenty of uk stores will charge 20 - 30 pounds (40- 50 dollars I think) for a t shirt that is awful quality and still made unethically nd unfortunately charity and thrift stores in the uk are getting more expensive too and that can be outputting to people. It would be nice if more major brands would show how the clothing is made as I am sure some regular brands are ethical too.
Rachel Carpenter (4 months ago)
Thank you for making this video. I have resolved to shop as sustainably as I possibly can as I head into college and career, so I deeply appreciate the tips. You are beautiful inside and out!
sonatak304 (7 months ago)
Thank you for all the wonderful tips. I just started focusing on sustainable fashion after one my friend told me about the terrible conditions workers are subjected in other countries. Then I watched a documentary about it on Netflix. I honestly had no idea how bad things were. It's so great to find a channel like yours to help on this journey to more sustainable living. And, those long fluttery lashes, I am jealous! 😁
Adam J (2 months ago)
Probably "The True Cost."
Residew (5 months ago)
Which doc?
Francesca Elizabeth (8 months ago)
I do buy second-hand things, but not always when it comes to clothing. I am very small in size. It has always been a challenge to buy clothes that fit, especially shoes. Good thing is many stores these days have clothes in XS, which usually fits me very very well. But I always have to compete with other people who don't necessarily need an XS. Therefore I tend to buy first hand clothing and shoes. My clothes usually last up to 5 years. They aren't always expensive, and of high quality, though. Some of them are as cheap as $10. Some are more expensive. The expensive ones are usually what I wear in cold weathers. I don't shop a lot. I suppose less shopping is always best.
My Vegan Minimalist (10 months ago)
Lovely and such an important video! I run a small, 100% sustainable and handmade clothing shop on Etsy (Knit And Green) - if anyone would like to check it out, there's a presentation video on my profile :) x
blueberrymuffin108 (6 months ago)
I just had a look at your shop, and wow, your clothes and also the photos look so cool!
Brianna McCoy (10 months ago)
Poshmark is great for buying secondhand clothes!
Kylie Eats (1 year ago)
i'm thinking i sweat A LOT, what do you think is the best way to wash clothes if it's not hot water?
My Green Closet (1 year ago)
Cold or warm water usually works fine you just have to make sure you use a detergent that works in cold water.
tearose tearose (1 year ago)
I found you almost a month ago and I watched many of your videos before suscribing to your channel. It was very interesting for me to learn all those new facts about ethical fashion and all the genre that comes out of it! You really motivated me to start think and act more ethical. One step at a time because I realised that I was n't managing well my belongings until now. One way that I have found keeping my wardrobe conscious was to use my mum's old garments by altering them ( she was always saving her best pieces for her daughters ( my sister and I)- little did she know how good has done to me!) and also because she used to be a seamstress there are a lot of leftover fabrics and accessories such as buttons or zippers to reuse! Last winter we even found a few unfinished garments and I altered them! Back then I did n't know that I was partly doing ethical fashion, I didn't even know the term! I realised it when I accidentally started watching you channel!Thank you for teaching me new, practical and helpful ways that in turn help the environment and our lovely planet! Keep up the good work!
Christian Roban (1 year ago)
This is exactly what I did! Buying second hand was my first steps to becoming sustainable. I love your point about buying quality over quantity. That is what I've been trying to do whilst even buying second hand. Focusing on fabrics and asking myself "will i wear this enough" and "whats already in my wardrobe" really helped me.
heartsmelody189 (1 year ago)
Thank you thank you for sharing Love Justly!! I've never heard of them and I like a lot of their stock, and as a fresh grad I definitely work off a small budget.
Wendy (1 year ago)
hey, please educate me on this topic but if we bought sustainable wouldn't that leave the other people without their jobs? How could we combat that? It's kind of like shopping for organic produce. That would leave some workers without jobs or pay.
Adam J (2 months ago)
If enough people shifted away from purchasing from unethical businesses it would eventually get their attention and force them to adjust their business practices (e.g. adding fair trade products) in order to attract back those customers. Vote with your dollar.
Reneiya Green (5 months ago)
These workers are not being paid fairly to begin with in the first place. By not supporting these companies you're helping to put an end to ridiculously low wages and poor working conditions.
Juhi Chawla (1 year ago)
Hi, this was an amazing video putting your points straight out buying second hand clothing as well balancing with new bought clothes. We are an ethical brand Zest N Zeal and we support the idea of Sustainability and Ethics going hand in hand to do a bit to help save the appalling environment. We are a brand existing for a purpose. I recently gave my clothes around 50 of them to mom and sister so they could use them and I could see those smiles as their casual clothing problem is solved and I also make it a point if not giving it to some one I give it for recycling.
Break n Remake (1 year ago)
I'm plus size, so it's really hard for me to find thrifted or sustainable clothes. But you've made me think about trying thread up! I'll have to check it out
Break n Remake (1 year ago)
My Green Closet oooohhh! Good to know 😁
My Green Closet (1 year ago)
Also try Facebook, there are some plus size buy/sell/trade groups!
Amarissa Kalapp (1 year ago)
Just found your channel and really enjoying it. Given your interest in sustainability, I'm really interested in how do you commute most of the time?
My Green Closet (1 year ago)
Welcome! I live pretty centrally so I can walk most places. I also bike and take public transit :)
Alex. A. (1 year ago)
I appreciate that you started this video on answering these two word questions: Price? & Why? For most people, unfortunately, they stop at the first question. They don't ask the second, and equally important one word question: Why? Big Marketing Campaigns discourage you from asking "Price? & Why?" by always having a sale, offer loyalty discounts (especially for high priced pieces), even encouraging peer pressure, but mostly by building discontent in you. They want you instead, to ask these two questions : Price? & Which? The message of marketing campaigns is this: Clothing is means to an end. You're as good as what you wear, so wear us. It makes sense that big clothing companies want to sustain that market by having people question themselves rather than the products that they are selling to them. It's understandable that people want to look good and be relevant in their clothing choices but they often don't know what's involved in making clothes they wear unless they took a fashion related course like you did, or perhaps had their hand in making or mending clothes or at least be aware on how their local tailor or seamstress does their work. Someone has to pick up the tab, whether the buyers fork out the cash or the workers pay with their labor, and the sad part is that buyers have a choice but the workers often don't. Encouraging sustainable fashion, not only helps the environment and the workers who make them, but ultimately the wearer, having been a part of the real sustainable market that benefits everyone, including themselves.
living unjaded (1 year ago)
Vinted is another great secondhand app/website! I use that to buy specific items that I can't find at a local thrift store :)
Anni Rotköpfchen (1 year ago)
These videos are so motivating! I quit fast fashion 4 months ago and I love going to swap parties. But if you're looking for something there are many other ways. My best advice would be to shop out of season. Maybe someone already said this. But there are so many amazing things on sale from ethical brands (at them moment at Hessnatur for example), if you just wait till the mid of summer to buy a new summer dress you can buy it ethical and for a good price. Keep doing what you're doing Verena! I'm looking forward to the fast!
pomminnie (1 year ago)
BTW I worked in a factory in Thailand that produced OEM for fast fashion brands. It wasn't a sweatshop by any means, we have been losing businesses to the likes of China, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Bangladesh. In other words, we are barely surviving. I was in charge of costing, and I can tell you we were HAMMERED. The particular brands I worked for I won't every buy from again. Other similar brands, I try not to. I try my best to buy local brands for sportswear, but the quality (especially for the garment construction) is really not up to par with the big brands. It's a tricky game to play, but I guess you have to lose something to gain something.
pomminnie (1 year ago)
You are so beautiful. I sound like a fifth grader.
Vegan Dreamer (1 year ago)
this video really helped. I love that you find hand made items at a thrift store. I haven't shopped much at thrift stores. I stopped shopping at cheap retailers like old navy, forever 21 etc. I watched the documentary the true cost and based on this I've dramatically stopped shopping. I'm planning to donate more items and shop at 2nd hand. thanks for your video.
Leigh Taylor Ellis (1 year ago)
Great information, good reminders. Thanks Erin!
Liz Stapf (1 year ago)
I really like PACT clothes, they are reasonably priced and ethical + organic. They have mens and women's clothes and the best underwear and leggings! Their cotton is super super soft! 🙂 they have sales quite often! www.wearpact.com
Meg C. (1 year ago)
I watched this last night: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2zxZp8u0uk Skip to 4 minutes in. I had NO idea until last night how many stores just throw un-sold merchandise in their dumpsters. I just cannot fathom it. I love the dollar tree I won't stop shopping there, but they aren't the only ones who are doing this! I imagine all of the big chain stores do this to some degree. Clearly the people who are telling their employees to destroy or to throw things away in the dumpster have never ever struggled a day in their lives. I always assumed un-sold merchandise was then sold to stores like TJ Maxx, Ross Dress For Less, Tuesday Morning, etc. I mean they could make more profits that way and nothing would be getting thrown away.
Evana Sorial (1 year ago)
since watch your channel, I have become more conscious in my fashion choices. I have bought my first MUD jeans and I now live in them. I have been visiting people tree and they are expensive, when do they do sample sale. do they have these sales in London?
My Green Closet (1 year ago)
Awesome that you love your MUD Jeans!! There's info about the People Tree sales and links in the description :)
Amanda Motonaga (1 year ago)
I always learn so much from you! Thank you!
Iamanime 3117 (1 year ago)
I am in love with Beyond retro!!!! They have lovely items on their outlet page for very affordable prices even when shipping to the US. Cannot wait for my first order!!!! Thank you so much.
KimBuining.com (1 year ago)
Vintage is such a great option if you want to start with sustainable fashion. Love my unique items :)
chr2011 (1 year ago)
Nice to see that there are different options for buying sustainable fashion second hand directly from such brands. Really goes to show their true ethics! My personal experience for years has been swapping my family's closet. My sister and I swapped items even back and forth (even though we have different sizes/body types, tops and dresses can be pretty easy). Even some of my brother's teenage shirts ending up being my staple all season pieces. Lastly I was amazed by "stealing" some of my mother's kept sentimental pieces from 70's and 80's. I realized that not only do they fit the trends from the last couple of years but even garments made from 100% polyester feel like such a good quality.
Danielle Sherlock (1 year ago)
Really enjoyed this. Even though my city doesn't have many thrift stores since watching your videos have picked some great pieces, including a really high quality cotton t-shirt for less than $2 dollars.
Berivan Özkoçak (1 year ago)
It's a really mind shift to think about the price of a clothing from a conscious perspective but once you have it you can never see the things the other way. Unfortunately in my country, Turkey, we have very limited 2nd hand options and since "fashion revolution" idea is very new, brands do not feel the need to be more transparent, ethical or eco-friendly. So I found myself 2-3 brands that I know have factories in Turkey and pay their workers fairly. Some of their garments are not made from eco-friendly materials but that is a quid pro quo.
Steph P. (1 year ago)
always enjoy watching your vids
Abigail Nottingham (1 year ago)
Another great video, I love how you explain your points so clearly, I usually get a little food for thought from each one. :) Thank you
My Green Closet (1 year ago)
Thanks! :)
Ky (1 year ago)
I think the biggest idea you touched on when it comes to more ethical/sustainable clothing is: being happy owning less. Truly changing your mentally about the number of items you need and being sincerely content with the pieces you have. We shop, in general, mostly out of discontent rather than out of need. To me, the difficulty most people encounter when trying to understand how to afford these pieces is not the financial ability, but they have the wrong mindset towards their closets and are still stuck on thinking the old way we have been taught (tons of options, big wardrobe, multiple colours of something, etc.). Something generally has to give: the number of pieces or the budget. Thanks for a lovely video Erin! I appreciate your gentle challenges to us and constant encouragement.
Ky (1 year ago)
Hello Ana! I'm still very, very much learning about sustainability in the fashion industry and putting that into practice in my own life, but if you find you need more candidates for interviews, you can definitely keep my name on the list! : )
Ana Busuioc (1 year ago)
Awesome! Thanks a lot - I will surely include a link to the final paper on my channel. I am also doing interviews with sustainable fashion YouTube users, let me know if you'd be interested in that. The interview would take place on Skype :)
Ky (1 year ago)
Hello Ana! Of course you may! Would love a link to the paper once it is finished--sounds like an interesting read! : ) Best of luck!
Ana Busuioc (1 year ago)
Hi Ky! Do you mind if I direct quote your comment in my research paper? I think you make some great points about people being socially pre-conditioned towards fashion and not accepting sustainable fashion because of their mindsets. Thanks!
This is such a good point! After seeing so many capsule wardrobes, etc., I decided to actually just go through everything I owned and count it all. I was actually pretty shocked to have over a hundred items (including pairs of shoes, socks, etc.)! I think people don't actually realise how much they already own, and there is that still insatiable need to have more that kind of needs a 'reprogramming' of sorts.
Brooke in Books (1 year ago)
Love your channel! You've definitely been a great resource in my decision to stop shopping from fast fashion. I'm actually taking on of my first second hand shopping trips next weekend. Thanks for the education and positive outlook you provide.
My Green Closet (1 year ago)
Thank you! Good luck on your secondhand shopping trip, that's really exciting, I hope you find some treasures!
Erin The Insomniac (1 year ago)
Great video - more like these!! :D
Summer I (1 year ago)
Yes to a swap! There was one organized at work and it was so much fun seeing people getting excited about pieces you love but are ready for others to enjoy. It was free and you get to get rid of clothes that you know others will get to love. And "leftovers" were donated to a women's charity
Ruslana Ness (1 year ago)
that is really good idea!!
My Green Closet (1 year ago)
That's awesome!
Girl With Grit (1 year ago)
I'd love to shop second hand more. Unfortunately, my size is extremely popular (or it must be) bc none of the shops I've tried in my area have clothes that fit my style and/or are not worn out. I really like that Athleta has come out with several lines of fair trade certified clothing bc they're easily accessible and I love their linen shops for summer ;)
Shruthi Reddy (1 year ago)
Thredup is terrible.. I sent stuff to them and never heard back from them- no email and no phone call.. very unprofessional.. I used their shipping bag and labels too idk why it didn't reach them.
Meg C. (1 year ago)
I sent a bag in to them a few years ago when they mostly sold kids clothes and they gave me like $8 for a huge filled bag of name brand stuff. If you want to sell your kids clothes it's best to sell locally at a place like Kid to kid, carousel kids, children's orchard, etc. We also have some consignment shops in town to sell adult clothing. I no longer will be selling my stuff because I am now mostly buying thrift and we're wearing our clothes until they're really pretty worn out.
My Green Closet (1 year ago)
That sucks and is disappointing to hear :( I haven't used them myself, but I know a couple people who had a pretty good experience although ThredUp didn't take as many things as they hoped.
Seductive chihuahua (1 year ago)
I think you should make a video on online second hand shops! Very little people know about them and I get almost all my clothing from there because I can find new and gently used items that were just going to be thrown away!
Meg C. (1 year ago)
secondhand sort of goes hand in hand with thrift stores, similar concept except I think secondhand costs a bit more and is usually a little nicer (but not always nicer, I constantly find new with tags stuff at both types of stores).
Hectic Sophie (1 year ago)
When I made the decision to pursue more ethical options for my clothes, I realized that I really didn't need to be buying clothes. At all. When you cut out the option to shop mall brands, it becomes apparent pretty quickly if the extra effort needed to research the clothes you're buying really matches up with how much you need a certain clothing item.
GiuliaSlade (1 year ago)
Hectic Sophie very true!
My Green Closet (1 year ago)
That's such a great point!
sharrlizz (1 year ago)
Important video! Thanks for making this. I just got my first depop purchase today and I'll be looking into the other kinds of second hand ethical fashion sellers you mentioned. It really is so true that when something is more expensive we put more thought into buying it and maybe make wiser choices in the end.
Shelbizleee (1 year ago)
Your first points are so important. It's hard for many people to understand why the ethical and sustainable brands are more expensive because of the huge supply chain and it costs a lot more to do things the morally correct way. Unfortunately, these fast fashion brands have set the bar of what fashion is "supposed" to cost. Also, I'm so glad you included all of these sites, some I haven't even heard of. Loved this video <3
Vanessa Kountul (2 months ago)
Exactly! BUY less but BUY better. Because you, the makers and the planeet are worth it!
My Green Closet (1 year ago)
Thanks! :) Great point, because most of us are so removed from clothing production it's hard to see what goes into making a garment. Unfortunately we're so used to a $5 top that a $30 top makes people think "why is that so expensive" instead of thinking about why the $5 top is so cheap. :(
annwithoutaplan (1 year ago)
By the way, your hair looks great like that!
My Green Closet (1 year ago)
Thanks! :)
annwithoutaplan (1 year ago)
Thank you for this! Haha much love <3

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