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Tee, thrifted at the Salvation Army

Dress, vintage at OCD Vintage

Heels, vintage at OCD Vintage

Choker, thrifted at Value Village

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Your Clothes Cost a Lot More Than You Paid For Them



Fashion is the best. So it’s too bad the fashion industry is the worst — or second worst, if you wanna get technical.

That’s right. The fashion industry is the second most polluting industry on the planet, only after oil and gas. The mammoth environmental cost of manufacturing and shipping clothing, not to mention society’s tendency to treat clothing as disposable, is a threat to our beautiful earth.

 


Think about it: supplies are grown in one place, shipped somewhere to be manufactured into fabric, shipped somewhere else to be manufactured into garments, and shipped again to be sold. The clothing that doesn’t sell is often destroyed, and even clothing that is sold has an 85 per cent chance of ending up in the trash eventually. And garments are usually made with petroleum-based materials by low-wage earners in the global south. It’s a damn mess.

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Witchslapped had the chance to visit a Value Village installation downtown Toronto last month, that aimed to demonstrate the ecological price of fashion. Seattle-based art studio Electric Coffin created little eco-systems out of old clothes. White sheets and towels blew in the wind above people in Yonge-Dundas Square like clouds, while blue fabrics swirled into drainpipes below.

“We’re really focused on educating consumers about what goes into creating their clothing,” Value Village’s communications director Sara Gaugl said. “We recently learned it takes 700 gallons of water to create one cotton t-shirt,” she added.

Value Village is challenging people to save hundreds of gallons of water by making their next t-shirt a thrifted one. They also want shoppers to know they should donate old clothes, towels, and sheets rather than throw them out. Rest assured, even if Value Village can’t sell your donated items  the company will recycle them instead. On its own, VV keeps 650 million pounds of textiles out of landfills every year.

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Quick Facts:

  • We consume 80 billion new pieces of clothing a year
  • Only about 15 per cent of clothing and textiles are reused or recycled
  • Almost 100 per cent of clothing and textiles can be recycled
  • It can take up to 700 gallons of water to make a single t-shirt
  • It can take 1800 gallons of water to make a pair of jeans
  • The average American only drinks 58 gallons of water a year

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Feel Good In (and About) Your Bathing Suit



To wear your literal underwear in public is somewhat intimidating. As much as we try not to, it’s normal to care about what other people are thinking when they look in your direction on a beach or by a poolside. But to concern yourself with other peoples’ judgements isn’t helpful to anyone. There are still a couple of months left of summer, so try to concern yourself with just you and your comfort. Finding a swimsuit that you feel good in, and about, can be difficult. So us witches, each with her own body shape, took our favourite bathing suits and told you a little bit about why we love wearing ’em.

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Meg:

It’s no secret that flowers are my favourite. So naturally, I feel like a flower fae in this bathing suit. I found it this year when Emma and I were having a merry ol’ time perusing INLAND — a pop up that connects independent Canadian designers and brands to shoppers who care about purchasing locally and ethically made products. Although somewhat over-stimulated, once I caught a glimpse of the bright red roses that covered this swimsuit, I booked it straight to the With Love Lingerie stall. The company’s founder and head designer, Carrie Russell, was quick to tell me about how she sources her materials and keeps production in Canada… as if I needed more reason to purchase her gorgeous creation.

As a petite woman, I am lucky — it is not difficult for me to find clothes that fit my small chest and waist. It is convenient but it doesn’t mean I don’t despise how often clothing stores disregard women’s different body shapes and sizes. In my case, there’s not much to work with on the top half so when I’m wearing a triangular-shaped swim top, I have always felt young and flat-chested. This is why I’ve always gravitated towards bandeaus, they somehow feel more ‘grown-up’. But at this point in my life, I give much less of a fuck. Whatever makes me feel good is right! This particular bathing suit top is elasticated, not skimpy af and floral, so an all-around yas. And when it comes to the other half of my bod, high waisted bottoms are just generally more comfortable.

In this swimsuit, I feel as content as one can in public with minimal clothing on and to know I am supporting a Canadian designer is all the more reason to take a dip this summer.

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Meg’s bikini, With Love Lingerie

 

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Emma:

I’ve never felt okay in a bikini, not once, not even for a minute. In high school, I sucked it up (literally) and always wore one anyway. For some reason I thought one pieces were lame.

Luckily, I’m older now and do not give a fuck! After months searching for a cool vintage one piece, I came across the perfect one. This mermaid-coloured cutout was only $25 at A HOMERUN. All the other ones I’d looked at were like $80, so tbh, I bought two. I love this one for the colour, the texture, and the support. It has a built in bra (goddess bless).

Now, I’ve never felt more comfortable on a beach! I’m also so glad I found a second-hand bathing suit. I didn’t think it would be so easy, but Toronto has incredible vintage shops. The place this one comes from is in Kensington Market. They’ve got incredible overalls, sweaters, shorts, and bikinis. Everything is reasonably priced and the staff is delightful as well. Go forth and swim your butt off!

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Emma’s one piece, A HOMERUN

 

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Crop top, thrifted at Value Village

Skirt, thrifted at Value Village

Shoes, thrifted at Value Village

(it was a swell day at VV, let me tell you)

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