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Flea market aims to make fashion more sustainable

The fashion industry is notorious for being one of the most polluting industries in the world, but initiatives like the flea market organized by the Spanish model and young European climate pact ambassador Clara, are taking steps to change that.

This initiative, which took place in December and January, was aimed at raising funds for AJOY, a primary school in Mafinga, Tanzania, and supporting Eutopia Vintage, a small local business in Palencia, Spain, which promotes sustainable fashion. 

Flea market aims to make fashion more sustainable


Clara, who has a lifestyle that is quite the opposite to what the fashion industry presents, decided to sell a large part of her wardrobe through the flea market, which saw the sale of more than 35 garments and a collection of 350 euros. Half of the funds were allocated to AJOY to support education in a country in development, while the other half was directed to Eutopia Vintage, which took the risk of opening a business in a city with little awareness about sustainability.

The initiative aimed to raise awareness among citizens about the benefits of a second-hand lifestyle, supporting local businesses that promote sustainable fashion. Clara believes that extending the life of our garments should be the new mantra that breaks the cycle of unnecessary consumption that is prevalent in today's fast fashion industry.

The positive impact of this initiative has inspired Clara to continue raising awareness about sustainable fashion. She recently held her first conference on sustainable fashion at the Ceuta Sustainability Fair, aimed at engaging young people in the movement towards sustainable fashion.

Initiatives like the flea market organized by Clara support the EU Textiles Strategy, which seeks to create a more sustainable and circular economy for textiles in Europe. The strategy focuses on reducing the environmental impact of textile production and consumption, promoting sustainable and circular design, and improving the reuse, repair, and recycling of textile products.

The flea market organized by Clara is an excellent example of how individual actions can contribute to larger initiatives aimed at promoting sustainable fashion and creating a more sustainable and circular economy for textiles. Through initiatives like these, we can all do our part in reducing the environmental impact of the fashion industry and promoting a more sustainable future.