What we call eco friendly fashion now WAS the norm in western cultures prior to the industrial revolution - it only made sense to “shop local”, reuse every piece of material, and to have items that were going to last for potentially generations; nobody is going to be handing down their favourite Forever21 blouse to their granddaughter, because they’re not supposed to - they are to buy six more the next time the store is stocked, and toss them out, too (after, like, three washes- come on!). In many cultures, it is still the norm to reuse all materials and to create locally, simply because their economy only allows that - but sustainable clothing is readily available, unlike here in Vancouver, for example. We are so blessed, however, to have so many donated clothes at our reach; Value Village never runs out. The 8.1 Challenge - where up and coming designers created pieces from 8.1lbs of material from Value Village, showcased on November 3rd at Canvas, was one beautiful example of skill, creativity, and possibility.
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Written & photographed by Katarzyna Krol-Dusza
Photographs edited by Martina Ondrasekova