Ms Xingyun Shen, nation coordinator of Vogue Revolution Singapore – a worldwide group that requires larger transparency, sustainability and ethics within the vogue trade – urged that individuals rethink how they wish to relate to their clothes.

What would occur if garments weren’t as low cost or readily accessible as they’re now, she requested.

“How would we be procuring or buying ‘new’ garments? The primary place we might most likely be is our wardrobes,” she mentioned, including that individuals may additionally have a look at mates’ and members of the family’ wardrobes.

“Can we borrow and swap clothes from our circle of family and friends? Can we ask our native seamstresses and tailors to repair a cut up seam or alter one thing to suit our our bodies once more?”


Renting and swapping garments is rising in reputation and acceptance by customers of their alternative of vogue, mentioned Ms Carolyn Poon, sustainability director on the Textile and Vogue Federation, Singapore.

These alternate options to purchasing garments make the “take-make-dispose” linear vogue financial system extra round, she mentioned.

“That is essentially the most direct approach renting and swapping assist the atmosphere. They prolong the lifetime use of garments which might be already produced and consumed,” she mentioned.

Type Concept, which gives prospects subscription-based plans for renting garments, has greater than 200,000 registered customers, mentioned its founder Raena Lim.

The agency has executed greater than 2.3 million leases and saved greater than 600,000 preloved designer put on from “prematurely getting into landfills” within the span of 5 years, she mentioned. 

Sustainability is likely one of the essential pillars driving the agency, Ms Lim added.

“We all know that 60 per cent of clothes produced leads to the landfill yearly. With the rental mannequin, we now have proven that gadgets are saved longer inside the vogue ecosystem, which reduces the necessity to overproduce.”

An merchandise is rented a median of 30 occasions every, whereas an merchandise in a ladies’s wardrobe is used far much less, she mentioned.