What Is Disposable Fashion?

What is disposable fashion? Have you ever bought something and thought to yourself, “This is so cheap, even if I wear it just once it was worth the cost”? It’s called disposable fashion and it is taking a toll on us. Watch today’s video for some easy tips you can follow to help make a difference. (Click image below to watch video.)

 

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What Is Disposable Fashion?

Maybe this is a concept you have heard of, or maybe you have never heard of it before, but what is disposable fashion? Disposable fashion is everywhere. It is an item that we purchase thinking that this is so cheap that even if I only wear it one time, it pays for itself. Disposable fashion is produced on a low quality / low cost / high volume scale.

I remember when these retailers first started popping up. It was great to be in high school and be able to go to the mall and find things I could actually afford that were cute! Fast forward to college and after college (when you are broke and burdened with student loan debt) and disposable fashion meant you could afford to keep up with the trends.

At first glance, it seems like a really wonderful concept. You’re spending $6-$8 at a time on a shirt. You could get a dress for $20 and spend $10-$15 for a pair of jeans or pants. So what if it started getting holes in it? You wore it once or twice, it didn’t cost that much anyway, so pass it on or throw it away. It has served its purpose with you and you can always go get more because it is so cheap right?!

The more I read and research on this, the more I am starting to realize that as this disposable clothing trend continues, we are going to have to find new ways to keep up with it. And I don’t mean wearing and using more clothes, I mean finding places to put the mass amount of textiles produced. Here are a few statistics:

  • We have seen a 400% increase in the amount of clothing consumed per year in the last couple decades
  • The average American throws away nearly 70 pounds of textiles per year. It goes directly into the landfill.

We are going to have a hard time keeping up with this if it continues at the rate that it is. I don’t think it is realistic to ask you to stop shopping, but I think there are a few things that we can all do to help make a lessen our environmental impact:

  • Swap, don’t shop. Check our website or Facebook page for upcoming clothing swaps in your area or click on the “side hustle” tab on our website to find out how to start your own.
  • Buy secondhand or thrift. Extend the lifespan of items that have already been produced by shopping thrift stores in your area
  • Repurpose textiles. Turn old shirts into pillows, or rags into rugs. Search Pinterest for ideas on how to repurpose old textiles and prevent them from going into the landfill.

So, now that you know what you can do to begin making a difference, check out more Trendy Trade videos to see what to expect at upcoming events, get comfortable with the idea of a clothing swap and see the great things that you can walk away with!

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Minimalism and Sustainability in Fashion Clothing Swaps

Minimalism and sustainability in fashion are concepts built-in to Trendy Trade Clothing Swap Events. In this video, we’ll explain how you can help be more socially responsible and lessen your environmental impact. (Click image below to watch video.)

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Although clothing swaps don’t directly center around the idea of sustainability and minimalism, a huge concept behind why we do what we do is helping women make the most of what they have; which in a small way is minimalistic and sustainable.

Recently, I watched a documentary on Minimalism and it really opened my eyes to the amount of waste that is generated by this consumeristic society that has been evolving for decades—not just the waste of the product itself, but the waste that floods this planet as a byproduct of production. The documentary goes into a lot more detail about it and I would highly recommend catching it if you’re curious — You can catch it on Netflix or Amazon and it’s called Minimalism.

I have always considered myself a frugal person, it was just how I was raised and think I live more simply than most, but the documentary got me thinking about what I can do to further live a minimalistic and simple life, even more than I try to do now.

It got me thinking about how much stuff I bring in to my life, STILL — unnecessarily — and how I can truly be aware of what comes in that needs to and what comes in that doesn’t.

Today, I want to share three ways that a clothing swap is minimalistic and sustainable and encourage you to be brave and be willing to give clothing swaps a try.

Minimalism and Sustainability in Fashion Clothing Swaps

CLOTHING SWAPS OFFER A FREE ROTATING WARDROBE

You could literally replace your entire wardrobe at each and every swap without ever buying a thing! In this way, it makes the transition to minimalistic concepts like capsule wardrobes more enjoyable because you are getting access to many more items without ever having to actually purchase them. Just pay your upfront fee for swapping, but there is no per cost item at a clothing swap.

LESSEN OUR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

By using items that already exist, you are avoiding contributing to unnecessary increases in production, which pollutes our planet. One thing that I learned in the documentary is that because of increased production, there is already an unsafe balance of pollutants in the air that we breathe. Think about where we will be in 5 years, 10 years, 50 years if this continues. By trading items at a clothing swap that are still in great shape and someone else can use, we are lessening the environmental impact by getting full use out of what has already been produced, instead of going out and buying something new.

ARE SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE

This falls along the same lines as thrifting and buying secondhand or consignment items. In this way, we are not only using items that already exist instead of purchasing, but we are also supporting a culture, like the thrifting culture, that encourages reuse of items. The bonus here is that many of these types of organizations, like our Trendy Trade Clothing Swaps, also work to benefit great causes, such a women in need.

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Power of Color, About Us & 3 Clothing Swap Finds

Today we’re talking about the power of color in what you wear. I’ll also show you three items you can find at trendy trade Clothing Swap Events. For those of you that are new to trendy trade, I’ll explain what goes on at our clothing swaps. Plus, I’ll tell you where I stumbled upon a contest for a free pair of shoes every week that you can enter! (Click image below to play video.)

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We have done more than 50 events all across the country in the last five years and one thing that I have learned along the way is that some women are braver than others, so I wanted to start doing these videos for a couple reasons:

  1. It gives you some insight into the trendy trade culture and what it’s all about
  2. You’ll be able to see some of the clothing and accessories… tops, dresses, shoes, jewelry, shirts, pants …that are going to be at or have been at a trendy trade
  3. Once you know more about trendy trade and can see the types of items you might be able to expect to get at an event, you’ll feel comfortable enough with it to be brave and come to your first event!

trendy trade: How It Works

If you haven’t yet been to a trendy trade Clothing Swap Event, I want to explain how it works. We pick a date, time and place where we want to have the clothing swap and spread the word — all women are invited to attend. Just clean out your closet with things you don’t use anymore (shoes, purses, dresses, pants, jeans, tops, sweaters, coats, jewelry) and bring them with you – we ask for a minimum of five. You can purchase your ticket online in advance, which helps us to better plan the event and know how many ladies to expect. At some events, tickets are available for purchase at the door. Selling tickets allows us to continue to put on great events for you and helps to cover some of the costs associated with planning the events.

So now that you have cleaned out your closet and brought your items, we ask for just about 30 minutes to get everyone checked in, get all of the items screened and sorted. During that time you can grab a something to eat or drink at the venue and meet some of the other ladies there. One of my favorite parts of the events is seeing ladies that were strangers at the beginning of the event become friends by the end. Once we open it up for swapping, you are able to go through everything that’s there and take whatever you want home with you, typically up to the number of items you brought. So bring 5 take 5, bring 20, take 20.

Supporting women locally

One of the causes near and dear to my heart is helping and supporting single moms, so we will find a local charity along those lines and donate the unclaimed items at the end of the event. Depending on the needs of those organizations, we’ll also carryover some items left at the end of an event to the next trendy trade.

It’s a lot of fun, all the ladies that attend are super nice, nobody judges and nobody bites, so if you haven’t joined us before, please plan to join us in 2017. We’re currently in the process of getting a few events organized in a few different cities, so stay tuned for those details or sign-up for our newsletter to be the first to know when those details are released! Also, if you want to see photos from our events, visit our Facebook page and check out the albums from past events.

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