As the global economic recession continues, the consumption of second-hand clothing has received considerable attention among consumers across the globe. This has resulted in the development of various departmental stores, weekend markets, and garage sales where people may buy second-hand products of all sorts, including clothing.
In fact, garage sales have been going on for quite a long time, at least in the USA which started out as family and neighbourhood events in the late ’60s and continued to gain momentum ever since.
Although in Pakistan, the second-hand buying trends, while prevalent in other areas like vehicles and electronics, the trend of second-hand buying for other products were not observed in the mainstream.
It was when online marketplaces like OLX arrived, then people started selling and buying all kinds of products. There are so many ways second-hand products are good for us.
Nature and Second-hand clothing
We’re in the middle of a fashion waste crossroad where second-hand clothing can really come to the aid of Mother Nature. This is the critical time when we have to start thinking for the entire globe and act logically. The hyper-consumerism of today has repercussions on both the economy and the environment. Second-hand clothing can rescue the people from the trap that is buying more and more. It is an alternative to clutter and waste.
Second-Hand Clothing are not going anywhere
In the US, we can see how the people are going for second-hand clothing. Back in 2017, the growth rate for dealing with used goods was 37%. This increased to 46% in the year 2019. There are various factors which have led to this growth.
Get quality products at a bargain
Research from ThredUP’s has found that shoppers from all income level are buying second-hand clothes. A segment of 26% of shoppers buy used goods at luxury retail stores. The buying tendency is at 22-25% subject to discounts in the mid-market.
The 5Rs that is Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Reinvent and Repair are guideposts for sustainability. It may not seem so, but fashion is the 2nd largest polluting industry in the world.
Didn’t expect that? Here’s why…
Fabrics aren’t biodegradable, and the industry’s raw materials consume a vast amount of resources and leave behind huge levels of pollution and emissions. According to The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, around 20% of the world’s wastewater and 10% of carbon emission comes from the fashion industry. Also, 64% of what we buy ends up in landfills. Buying used goods instead of new extend the cloth’s life and reduce the garment’s carbon footprint by 82%.
As sustainable fashion becomes a need as well as a trend, consumers are looking to fill their wardrobes in novel ways. Owing to the large amount of clothing that ends up in landfills, choosing to donate and shop for clothing at online stores like Bizb can be a more healthy option for our environment.