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Make this a sustainable Christmas

Make this a sustainable Christmas with your free second hand shopping guide!

Planning to give a Christmas gift this year that makes you and the planet feel good too? Make sure you get your hands on the latest My Vintage Town Auckland guide. Featuring the best op shops, secondhand and vintage stores in the region, the My Vintage Town guide makes it incredibly easy to shop secondhand and give presents this year that don’t cost the earth.

Showcasing over 80 vintage and antique stores, 30 retro cocktail bars and traditional pubs, 15 heritage accommodation options, 50 op shops, 15 vintage markets, 20 heritage sites, 7 secondhand bookshops, 6 high tea hangouts and 1 vintage railway there is something to interest everyone!

The free handy handbag sized guide perfect as a sustainable shopping companion or a stocking stuffer this Christmas will launch at K Road’s famous street party, First Thursday’s, on the 6th December. Following the launch, it will be available from vintage retailers, boutique hotels, cafes and heritage houses around the Auckland region just in time for the festive season.

Published by The Metropolitan Club, the My Vintage Town series of guides were borne from a love of op-shopping and providing a sustainable alternative to fast fashion and mass produced goods. Publisher, Rose Jackson, says;

“We are so fortunate to share these fantastic independent businesses through our guides that care about our environment, about reusing and recycling, and about providing retail options that don’t involve mass production or harm to people. We love promoting them and providing an ethical and sustainable option for Christmas gift giving!”

The United Nations Environment programme has recently released figures about the global fashion industry which claims it produces 20 per cent of global wastewater and 10 per cent of global carbon emissions, and according to The Formary, a Wellington based textile research and development company, New Zealanders spend $4 billion on domestic clothing each year.

It’s clear from these statistics that consumers need to radically alter patterns of consumption to ensure the survival of the planet. If consumers made the decision to shop secondhand even 50% of the time, it would have an incredibly positive impact on the environment and reduce the need for so many resources to be diverted into the manufacturing process.

Aside from the obvious environmental benefits that come with secondhand shopping, it’s also hugely fun and far more rewarding to treasure hunt for unique, oneofakind presents for loved ones, and for yourself! Be a conscious consumer this Christmas and get your hands on a My Vintage Town Auckland guide today.

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