Why Shop ‘Second Hand’
Buying second-hand clothes bypasses the production stage A fashion supply chain’s most polluting parts are sourcing materials and producing the clothes themselves. And, with this industry being responsible for 8-10% of all carbon emissions, that’s definitely good news.
Additionally, it reduces waste, 18.6 million tonnes of clothing are sent to landfills or incinerated every year. Depending on what materials they’re made of, they can even take centuries to decompose.
The lifespan of second-hand clothes is therefore extended by buying them second-hand.
Second only to oil in pollution, fashion is the world’s most polluting industry.
Synthetic and nondegradable materials like nylon and polyester have become very popular as a result of throwaway culture and fast fashion, resulting in the release of over 50 million tonnes of plastic micro-fabrics into the ocean every year. Those 50 billion plastic bottles are equivalent to the amount of plastic that fish ingest through their gills!
Buying second hand reduces the carbon, waste and water footprint of a garment by 82%, and therefore, is one of the most fun and impactful ways to contribute to sustainability.