Conscious Vegan Trendsetter Bhavini Shares Tips For Thrifting Your Wardrobe

Conscious Vegan Trendsetter Bhavini Shares Tips For Thrifting Your Wardrobe

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You’d never guess that the vibrant and creative outfits covering Bhavini’s instagram were thrifted, but they are! Vegan, thrifting-queen and living Pinterest board Bhavini inspires each of us and makes conscious shopping all the more accessible.

Q

Where do you see the tie-in between veganism and sustainability, and do you think they are mutually inclusive?

A

There’s been a lot of talk about the intersections of vegan fashion and sustainable fashion in the wake of H&M’s recent collaboration with PETA– which is made mostly of polyester (a fossil fuel). H&M’s overproduction results in water pollution, which will actually trickle down and harm animals (and humans)– so that collaboration was confusing. 

I believe veganism and sustainability can co-exist with natural fibers such as organic cotton, linen, hemp, and tencel. Thanks to innovation, there are also amazing vegan and sustainable products made from recycled polyester or fruit waste leathers. We can keep pushing for vegan and sustainable fashion to be mutually inclusive; but we need education and awareness that the two are not equal. 

Q

Besides thrifting and veganism, can you talk about how else you live sustainable?

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I live a low-waste lifestyle, meaning I avoid using plastic in my day-to-day life as much as possible. I use zero-waste home, bathroom, kitchen and beauty products. I’m not perfect by any means, as the pandemic really showed me, being zero-waste isn’t always attainable. At first, I felt guilty but I realized quickly that it’s all about doing what you can with your given circumstances and finances. 

Q

What I REALLY need is the secret of how you find all these hot thrift finds!

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I’m always so honored when people compliment my thrifting abilities! I’ve been thrifting for ten years?! That’s insane. I started off thrifting in consignment stores that had curated brands and styles, which I’d definitely recommend for beginners but the prices are higher because of the curation. I really started harnessing my personal style when I started shopping in normal thrift stores like Goodwill (where prices are cheaper but it’s a hunt!).

My key to finding great finds is going within the first hour of them opening when the store is less occupied and racks are freshly organized; otherwise you’ll get overwhelmed by the amount of people there and by messy, chaotic racks.

My next tip is to look through EVERY SINGLE AISLE AND RACK! It takes me on average two hours at the thrift store every time I visit, but it’s worth it to find every gem that could be in there. You never know what you’ll find where, so you really have to look everywhere. Additionally, always have an open mind about the potential of a garment! It may look iffy on the rack, but you can do magic with styling or DIY-ing it.

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Q

When you DO purchase products, what do you look for?

A

It’s pretty simple: sustainable, ethical, vegan, cruelty free, plastic free, natural, non-toxic 🤪. I realize that’s a lot to look for, but it’s becoming easier than ever to find brands that carry everything you need and that fit these criterias.

Q

Anything else you want to touch on?

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I think a lot of people have had the privilege of not being affected by lack of representation, but the inclusion of POC by brands in their catalogs is ESSENTIAL.

It’s on brands to consciously choose to tell their story through diverse people, especially sustainable fashion brands because telling their story through a select “aesthetic” is suggesting that sustainability is a new phenomenon when BIPOC have been pioneering that movement for generations. For sustainability to be the future, we need brands to represent the multicultural and united world we live in.