Secondhand Clothes. Why you should buy them!
There are many ways we can try to improve the way we consume and buy our clothes but I want to propose a solution for you that you may have not thought of before; "secondhand clothes".
Since I can remember I have inherited clothes from my older sisters, and I think that is part of the reason I have never had problems using clothing from someone else.
The idea of buying clothes that have already been used can seem a bit weird or make people uncomfortable but there are many ways in which doing this can benefit you and most importantly the planet.
We don’t often think of the clothes we wear when we think about pollution. But the overall impact the apparel industry has on our planet is quite grim.
Globalization means that your shirt likely traveled halfway around the world in a container ship fueled by the dirtiest of fossil fuels and your clothes continue to impact the environment after purchase. When you’re finished with your shirt you have caused more harm to the planet than you realize.
If we combine this with the fact that we live in a consumer society, well you can guess how big of a problem we have at hand and unfortunately buying second hand clothes or inheriting clothes from friends, and family is an option that is almost never thought of.
Buying secondhand is eco-friendly:
When you donate and buy secondhand clothing, used clothing gets a second life and is kept out of the trash flow.
Another thing that you may have not even realized about used clothes is that they are sometimes brand-new. Some people often buy clothes and then never end up wearing them before donating them to a secondhand shop. Items may have never been worn because someone was unable to get to their goal weight’ or simply decided they didn’t really like the item after purchasing, and some clothes may even have the original tags still attached. Also other clothes are practically brand-new if they have only been worn once or twice.
There are all sorts of clothing items you can find at a thrift store, from weird clothes, to broken ones, and even really dirty ones (depending on where you look), but if you search really well you can find high-end items that would normally be so expensive that you wouldn't even have thought of buying them. High-end items that you are now able to buy because they have been given a second chance to be used. If you are willing to search, you might get lucky.
This point brings me to another benefit of buying used items; It's SUPER CHEAP! When shopping at thrift stores, yard sales, and other second-hand venues, your money stretches like bubble gum. Usually used products are 50% to 60% cheaper than new ones. This allows you to save money for other important expenditures like fresh organic produce. *Cough,cough...You are welcome
Secondhand shopping ensures your money stays in the community where it can benefit local businesses and charities instead of big corporations that are not green, fair trade, and that don't contribute anything to the local economy.
This way of buying clothing is fun, unique, affordable, environmentally friendly, and will contribute to a better local economy. There is no doubt in my mind that this is an awesome way to be intelligent consumers and now is up to you to decide whether you want to try it out or not.
*All the items that I'm wearing in my photos, expect for my jeans (that I have been using since 2010) are secondhand. My shoes, my bad, my shirt, and even my bra are all secondhand.