How does vintage reduce your impact?

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Locicero Vintage is all about providing the best vintage around for the lowest possible carbon footprint. 

It's a fact that well-maintained vintage from decades ago will outlast and outperform any cheaply made textile you can find today. This has big implications for your wardrobe, your wallet, and the environment. At Locicero Vintage, my goal is to do what I can to reduce demand for these factory-made textiles, while making sustainable shopping more attainable and attractive for the everyday person with the highest-quality vintage I can find. Read more about vintage and my sustainability commitment below:

Textile waste is at an all-time high.

I'm sure you've heard about fast fashion's environmental impact on the world, but it bears repeating. The fast fashion industry is responsible for 10% of global carbon emissions and 20% of industrial water pollution. Next to agriculture, garments and textiles is the second largest consumer industry of water.

Like many global industries today, textile manufacturing faces a reckoning with its impact on the environment which will take decades to fully comprehend and deserves immediate action on a state and global level. But that's a conversation for another time.

Luckily, there are many alternatives to fast fashion and newly-manufactured garments in general. Thrift stores go a long way towards reducing wasteful consumption, but they can only do so much with the volume of unwanted textiles donated every year. You may be surprised to learn that over 60% of the clothing you see at the thrift store ultimately ends up in a landfill.

The remaining amount not recycled back into the economy (about 6 million tons) is either incinerated or shipped overseas. The latter seems like a worthwhile solution on the surface, but often this exporting of massive amounts of cheap textiles only ends up disrupting already struggling local economies in Africa and other places.

That's terrible, but what can I do about it?

The unfortunate truth is that there's not much any of us can do about this, other than making better, more conscious choices where it makes sense to do so in our personal lives. Those choices depend on your own circumstances.

But – by and large, most of us can make the choice to shop secondhand. Not only that, but we can often find higher-quality, longer-lasting garments shopping secondhand as opposed to going on Amazon or to the mall.

Before I started selling my collection, and even before I started shopping for vintage, I spent hundreds on new clothes every year. I loved shopping (still do).

It wasn’t until I started shopping on places like depop, eBay, and Etsy that I realized there were so many amazing, high-quality garments already out there, ready to be found and reused. I was tired of spending money on fast fashion-branded clothing and watching it fall apart after three washes, or start to tear after only two months of use.

Vintage works because it has the quality to last.

These beautiful pieces have lasted this long because they were made that way, and the huge rise in secondhand shopping and reselling will only help them be around for that much longer.

Your new favorite vintage piece doesn't have an expiration date as long as it's maintained, and they don’t require the energy and resources that fast fashion does. 

This is what makes the popularity of secondhand reselling so incredible. The more people go out and source, restore, and resell great vintage, the less waste ends up in a landfill, and the more people walk away with quality garments.

It's also what makes the reseller community such a great place to be. When we all do our part to make a dent in massive textile waste, we all win. Competition can't exist when the resource is endless.

As a small business owner, I feel that I have a heightened responsibility to take what action I can to reduce my own impact on the environment. This is why I've developed a sustainability commitment which goes into everything I do at Locicero Vintage.

My sustainability commitment for Locicero Vintage:

to do what little I can to help create less demand for these factory-made modern textiles,
to help make sustainable shopping easier and more attainable for the everyday person, and
to do that with the highest-quality, longest-lasting vintage garments I can find.
 

Also, it isn't just the clothing industry that's impacting the environment. We all have a little bit we can do every day to help create a better, more sustainable world, which is why I've taken the step to use only biodegradable, compostable mailers and materials to ship orders. 

If you'd prefer to skip the extra packing materials and receive the lowest waste order possible, feel free to message me (on social media or via email) prior to purchase. 


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