Sustainability is king when it comes to 2021 weddings (and not before time, too). If eco-friendly fashion is important to you, consider shopping second hand – and make the British Heart Foundation’s dedicated Depop your first port of call for one-of-a-kind, vintage wedding dresses
It takes around 9,000 litres of water to make one wedding dress. Let that figure sink in. 9,000. That’s pretty staggering. It’s no wonder that brides are beginning to look at alternative, greener options, in their search for a gown that doesn’t cost the earth – literally and metaphorically. Vintage? Check. Rentals? Check. Second hand? Double check. All of these avenues are sky-rocketing in popularity, as we attempt to combat our carbon footprint, and none more so than the path less trodden: preloved dresses.
Tempted? Now is the time to get shopping. The British Heart Foundation has had a generous delivery from a vintage pop-up in Manchester and now has 13 gowns up for grabs on its very own Depop account. A mix of handmade and retro styles from the 1920s, 50s, 60s and 70s range from £45 to £145, with all proceeds going towards the charity’s life-saving research.
“We’re incredibly grateful for this donation for vintage wedding dresses,” says BHF retail director Allison Swaine-Hughes. “We hope these stunning dresses get a second chance to make someone’s day special. Purchasing preloved is great for eco-conscious brides or for those trying to spend less. Why not go the full circle and give someone else the opportunity to enjoy your gown as much as you did, by donating back to the BHF afterwards?” Now, that’s an idea.
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