I used to think it was fine to wear second-hand leather. Over the years I bought some amazing leather and suede skirts in thrift shops. Truth be told, I also own a leather jacket which I bought new some ten years ago and I still buy the occasional pair of leather shoes. However, when I would see somebody in a fur coat, I would be shocked. Even if I knew it was second-hand. A conversation I had a while back made me reconsider this. Why should a second-hand fur coat be different from brand new leather shoes? I couldn’t convince myself of an answer. Ever since, I’ve been wanting to look further into this topic to create a well-informed opinion. Fortunately, leather was elaborately discussed last week in the course ‘Fashion and Sustainability’ that I’m taking, by the London College of Fashion. A great opportunity for me to learn more and share my thoughts with you.Lees verder My thoughts on wearing (second-hand) leather
I grew up in the North-West of Europe, in the Netherlands to be precise, where capitalism and consumerism have been leading principles since the nineties. Me and my sisters must have shared over twenty barbies and every birthday and Christmas there’d be piles of gifts to unpack. Buying cheap clothing was the accompanying norm. I would go and buy clothes with my friends during school breaks. We’d have small budgets and want to buy a lot, so we’d only go to fast-fashion chains like H&M, Coolcat, Bershka and later Primark. We didn’t consider the quality of garments, or how often we would wear them. At the time, we didn’t know any better.Lees verder Manifesto
Hema is a Dutch brand where I love to buy my undergarments. It has been a household name in Netherlands for decades, known for its nice stores and good quality products. Most garments either have a label that says ‘biological cotton’, or ‘responsible cotton’. This gave me the impression that my undies were honestly and sustainably produced. The other day I was in one of the stores and my eye fell on these labels again. I wondered: what is the difference between biological and responsible cotton?Lees verder Organic vs Sustainable (or Responsible) Cotton
Dé winkel waar ik heen ga voor hemdjes en andere onderkleding is absoluut de Hema. Ik vind het een leuk merk met fijne winkels en producten. Daarbij vertrouw ik erop dat de kleding die ik er koop op een eerlijke en duurzame manier is geproduceerd. Op de meeste kleding staat namelijk aangegeven dat het gemaakt is met duurzaam of biologisch katoen. Toen ik laatst bij de Hema een jasje kocht als kraamkado, vielen de labels me weer op en vroeg ik me af wat het verschil is tussen biologisch en duurzaam katoen.