Second-hand stores, recovery, customization… our anti-waste bible

Second-hand store networks for a more sustainable fashion

Last year, 51% more second-hand clothing was sold (compared to 2020), a sign of our willingness to consume more responsibly and spend less. We started thanks to second-hand shops, which make thecircular economy and act for social and professional integration, as BIS Boutique Solidaire (bisboutiquesolidaire.fr), in Paris, or even Label Fripe (labelfripe.fr), huge Alsatian shops with vintage corners, jewelery and leather goods.

In Île-de-France, we also like the Emmaüs/Thrift store Solidaire network (lafriperiesolidaire.com), which encourages reuse and has even created its own brand, Le Labo de l’Abbé. There are original collections and pieces signed by renowned fashion designers from around the world, designed from fabrics and clothes collected from individuals or companies.

Note that the Le Dressing d’Oxfam store (Paris 11th) mixes second-hand clothes and ethical fashion: it’s nice to discover beautiful partner brands such as loom.fr, atelier-unes.com. You can also take a trip to Kiloshop, where you can buy second-hand clothes by the kilo (between €20 and €60 depending on the garments chosen). The concept: “Choose, weigh, carry”. You have to do some research (and remember that the brand is mostly supplied overseas, which isn’t good for short), but you can do business. addresses in kilo-shop.com.

Apps to know the environmental impact of brands

Like Yuka for food, the sites and apps help us understand the environmental impact of clothing at a glance.

It is an app* that allows you to know the entire history of a garment just by scanning its barcode (you can find out if it respects the environment, social rights, animals, etc., thanks to 150 evaluation criteria). Consumers can also give their opinion about a brand, its quality, how its clothes age… Top to get oriented before buying.

There is a lot of information to dress ethically and above all, a directory of virtuous brands and committed boutiques, behind-the-scenes videos to follow creating a garment…

The site of the independent eco-responsible fashion brand, we discover what is hidden behind the labels of our clothes, for example, and the list of brands involved.

* Free on AppStore and GooglePlay.

make new with old

To give refresh an old garmentwe can count on the queens ofrecycling, who create new wardrobe centers out of old clothes or fabric scraps. What are the Instagram accounts to follow to get inspired?

  • @theupcyclinglab_, the account created by Juliet Bonhomme, teaches us on video how to make a top from a fitted sheet (or a pair of briefs cut from jersey). And she gives us a lot of advice for the smart aged.
  • @rosabohneur (and on YouTube under the name Rosa B), who explains how to transform an old sweater and shares her good addresses for second-hand clothes in Paris, Lille, Brussels…
  • @junglelouofficiel presents its unique pieces reinvented from old pieces, second-hand clothes and vintage fabrics. follow too junglelou.com.

Note: Ariane’s YouTube channel, Atelier Kinsu, is great for learning how to turn jeans into a bag, a makeup bag…

Personalization for a more sustainable fashion

Adding rhinestones to an old dress, patches to a denim jacket, shoulder pads to a shirt… it’s not very complicated, but it’s spectacular. On YouTube, the Mouna Sew channel makes sewing fun and accessible to everyone thanks to tutorials, while on Hello Superette, the two youtubers Antoine and Léa offer filmed tutorials to learn how to customize a top, change the buttons on a coat , do a minute. kimono, a bow tie… without stress or print! To buy badges, iron-on patches, pom-poms, felt, we will la-petite-epicerie.fr, prettymercerie.com or un-chat-sur-un-fil.fr. To customize your shoes, we call in the professionals, like atelierlass.com Where tasvutespompes.fr, whose workshop located near Lille cleans and personalizes shoes, boots, bags and textiles, and sometimes organizes customization workshops to learn how to do it yourself.

In fashion, we prefer to buy to rent

Our closets are full! According to Ademe, each year 100 billion pieces of clothing are sold in the world and the French buy twice as much as they did fifteen years ago. A solution? the primers, (lesappretes.com), a smart subscription-based ethical clothing rental service. The articles are selected by hand based on strict criteria of eco-responsibility. The price of the box starts at €59/month to receive up to 6 pieces at home (we keep them as long as we want while the subscription is active). Same principle at Le Closet (lecloset.fr), also in subscription form -from €40 per month- with boxes containing eco-responsible brands and small or essential designers (Levi’s, Scotch & Soda, etc.). Le Closet has also signed a partnership with Slowmod, which collects and updates its worn clothes from the rental circuit. See also, the leather goods brand made in France Louvreuse (louvreuse.com), that rents high-end suitcases from €40 for 4 days. You have to click on “eshop”, then on “location”.

Shoe Department, L’Atelier Bocage (latelierbocage.fr) rent new shoes for €29 per month in summer and €34 in winter. You subscribe online or in store, select your pair and, two months later, you can return it. They are then refurbished in the workshops in France and then put up for sale on site and on “Like New” corners in stores.

Repair to consume more sustainably

According to the Waste and Resources Action Program (Wrap), extending the life of clothing by nine months would reduce its carbon footprint by approximately 20-30%. good combinations? lesreparables.fr, a service that collects clothes, accessories and shoes, and repairs holes, a broken zipper, a ripped jean… We click on “I want to repair”, we select what we want, we publish a photo and we send the garment. The +: the site shows the price of the repair (around €35 ​​for a coat) before placing the order, avoiding unpleasant surprises.

There’s also repairjeans.com to store our favorite jeans (we send them or go to the store by appointment, count between €30 and €40 to find your jeans like new). AND tilli.fr, a superservice of tailors at home that take care of everything (including decorative textiles and household linen): €10 to repair a tear, €15 to embroider a name on a T-shirt. to do it yourself, popcouture.fr explains how to add pockets to pants, flare out a skirt… Clever, but not expert? Help can be found in the sewing workshops of latextilerie.fr, in Paris, or reelsandcombines.fr, in various cities in France (€75 for 2 hours of class).

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