For us at Arkivet, sustainable fashion is about going from wear-and-tear consumption of clothes, shoes and accessories to a more long-term use where the clothes can “live on” with new owners. According to figures from Mistra Future Fashion (MFF), 80% of the climate impact comes from Swedish clothing consumption during the production phase. As the greatest damage occurs in production, we can minimize the damage by using our garments several times over. Each garment purchased second hand is one smaller garment that is purchased newly produced.
MFF continues to write that the climate impact can be reduced by 49% by using a garment twice as many times as the average. For example, a t-shirt is used on average 30 times, if this t-shirt is used 60 times instead, the climate impact can be halved. The archive gives people the opportunity to share a wardrobe with each other and thereby increase the number of uses per garment and thereby create a circular fashion. For this to be possible, clothing care is an important part of the Archive. To be able to sell your clothes second hand, they need to be in good condition and also the clothes that are bought second hand need to be cared for to last twice as long.
Arkivet strives for a circular holistic approach where you as a customer can submit your clothes, shoes and accessories for sale and then, if they are sold, use the commission to buy “new” clothes in the store. This way, you can replace your wardrobe without consuming newly produced. This is what we call “Archiving”.
The circular idea permeates the entire organisation Our plastic bags are printed with water-based paints and are made of 100% recycled plastic, 50% Post Consumer Recycled material (PCR) and 50% Post Industrial Recycled material (PIR). Our hangers are also on average made from 85% recycled plastic. In addition, part of the furnishings in our stores are bought second hand and reused from previous store furnishings. We also buy kitchen items such as coffee cups and second-hand cutlery. Every week we go to recycling centers to recycle plastic, glass, metal and paper.
Our foundation and future exploration is that second hand should be something obvious and simple. We therefore put a lot of focus on making our stores feel easy to navigate, fresh and accessible. This suits both the experienced second-hand consumer as well as for you who are going to buy second-hand for the first time. Shopping at the Archive, we hope can help to normalize second hand and give a feeling of shopping in any store.