By Danielle Viljoen, Fashion Stylist

Out with the new and in with the old. I was never a fan of thrifting and the musty smell of thrift stores was enough to send me running in the opposite direction. 

The older I’ve gotten, the more I value good quality and a great bargain. Besides, vintage is a trend in itself now. Thrifting is also a great way to get current trends and styles at a fraction of the price. The thought of walking into a thrift store and stumbling across a Balenciaga blazer or a Chanel brooch makes me value these kinds of businesses even more. The action of purchasing something second-hand is a sustainable practice, believe it or not. Thrifting is one of the most direct ways that you can practice sustainability.

Consumers have become much more aware of where their products are coming from and their impact on the environment. Many brands all over the world are engaging in sustainable practices from planting trees for items purchased (Tentree) to repurposing clothing items, recycling plastic bottles into materials to make shoes, using less or sustainably sourced natural resources.

Thrifting isn’t for everyone. Below are five ways that you can have a direct impact on fashion sustainability:

Rental Fashion  

Rental boutiques have been around for decades with a focus on occasion-dressing such as weddings, bridesmaids, prom dresses, and suit hire. The new-age of fashion for rent caters to designer items, semi-formal attire, designer handbag, you name it. Hiring occasion-wear instead of purchasing a once-off item, not only saves you money but also ensures less environmental waste in years to come.

Online Thrifting

Online thrifting is a quick way to make money and spend it, fast. Facebook Marketplace is saturated with basically anything you could possibly want, brand new or second-hand. Safe online thrifting platforms include Depop, Poshmark, and Yaga who make selling your unwanted goods one of the easiest and most rewarding things you could do. They safeguard your money until both parties are happy. It makes thrifting safe and easy.

Donating to Charity

Donating to charities is not only an excellent thing to do for a fellow human being, but also ensures that fewer items end up in a landfill.


Many huge chain retailers have started engaging in recycling practices. Taking your perished and unwanted clothing to a participating store means that your clothing will be put to good use. Most of these kinds of stores offer donation incentives, such as 20% off vouchers for your contribution.

Host a Clothing Swap Party

Clothing swap parties are all about refreshing your wardrobe. For a clothing swap party to be successful, each attendee has to bring the same number of items. No money is exchanged and it’s all about exchanging and bartering with unwanted clothing.

Purging your closet is the first step in your sustainability journey. Visit lmda.world for tips on how to organize and rid your closet of unnecessary clutter.

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