Second hand shopping is something that we all have heard of or at least done ones, it’s nothing new but let’s face it, second hand is the future! Not only for our planet but for fashion too. There are so many reasons why you should buy secondhand, and I have listed 6 of those here!
- Environmentally friendly
This is of course the biggest benefit of buying second hand. The fashion industry is one of the most pollutive industries on the planet. By buying second hand you reduce the carbon, waste and water footprint of a clothing item by 82%. Not only are you helping our planet, but you are also helping decrease the demand for fast fashion. Our planet is our home, and we need to take care of it, not only for us but for future generations. One of the best feelings is buying second hand and knowing you made an eco-friendly choice.
Second hand clothes are the best for experimenting with personal style and to find the unique pieces for your closet. Shopping secondhand is the best way to find one-of-a-kind clothes and accessories to a cheaper prize, I mean it’s a win-win situation! You can build your own personal style and add unique pieces that most likely no one else have. No more worrying about showing up to a party wearing the same clothes as someone else! In secondhand shops you can find clothes from every decade and with them create many unique looks.
- The story
Every second hand item has a story, which makes the whole experience more fun and exciting. The story gives more to the pieces, it gives them more meaning and uniqueness. We often don’t know the story behind the clothes but that’s what makes them more exciting and mysteries, right? Imagine having a piece of clothing that you can just feel the history and story behind and knowing you are a part of the story now; it gives them so much more meaning.
- The experience
Second hand shopping is so much more than just the clothing pieces, it’s all about the experience. You never know what to expect, maybe you find the most outstanding pieces to add to your collection or you don’t find anything (we have all been there). But that’s what makes it so much more fun because you never know. If you think it's fun to go shopping with your friends, then let me tell you, second hand shopping with your friends is going to be ten times more fun!
- Helping small businesses
Second hand shops are often small and local businesses. By buying secondhand you help small and local businesses in your community. You aren’t only helping small businesses financially, but you also give them an opportunity to work with something that they are passionate about.
Chemicals in clothes are a big environmental problem. Many of these chemicals are used to keep clothes from molding and going bad during transport. What happens when we buy new clothes and wash them is that the chemicals get out in the nature and causes big damage. Not only are these chemicals dangerous for the nature but even for the people making them and wearing them. The textile industry stands for 25% of the gobal chemical output. By buying secondhand clothes you avoid chemicals getting on you and out in the nature, the clothes have already been washed and used!