Second-Hand Shopping has drastically evolved in the past few years. Just this weekend I went into a second-hand store that was indistinguishable from a regular fashion clothing store and you know what? I love it! About 80 percent of my wardrobe was purchased second-hand. Next to the great quality you can sometimes find with preloved clothing there are other important points to consider. Here are my 3 reasons for shopping second-hand.
We often don’t even think about the chemicals used on new clothes. Since the skin is our biggest organ, I can only imagine what effects that will have on my body. I don’t necessarily want to use my skin as a sponge for toxic chemicals. Second-hand clothes are usually washed a few times before. Therefore, the toxic intake that my skin has to endure is way less. You know that you are buying something that you can plan on having longer then one season.
Along with the fast fashion industry come the problems of producing too much too fast, without a care for the environment nor the people. There is already a huge amount of things available to us, so why not take advantage of that first, while reducing our ecological footprint.
Whether you have a full-time job, are a student on a budget or a stay-at-home parent, this must be an attractive point to you. Obviously, things you buy used are cheaper then when you buy them new. It is almost ironic how much money you can save by buying something that is more likely to be durable. It has passed the test of time and did not fade in colour or texture. This is what I call a win-win!
When talking about buying second hand, we usually think of clothes. There are, however, many more things that we can/should get second hand, like pens and paper, kitchen utensils or even furniture.