Do you buy second hand?
According to Oxfam, around 13 million items of clothing get sent to landfill every week.
Let that sink in. 13. Million. Items.
I am no saint when it comes to my wardrobe, but I have been making a conscious effort in the last few years. If I don’t love it, or it’s short-term fashion, I won’t invest.
This article is going to be an aid-memoir for me, and maybe you too, during Second-Hand September so that I/you know where to go when I/you feel the pull of Fast Fashion…
Some second-hand shops to use
- Charity shops
- Instagram online shops – Second Stories Vintage, Jesse & Iris Vintage, Virtual Vintage Fair, Found & Curated Vintage, a Virtual Vintage Market, Retold Vintage, Darling and Vintage, the Pansy Garden, Peony Vintage, Sisters Love Vintage…
Some of the best items I’ve bought second-hand
- Michael Kors tote bag
- Somerset by Alice Temperley dresses x2
- Mulberry purse
- Sweaty Betty ski jacket
- Buberry coat
- Vintage gold jewellery (for my business, but still)
- By Rotation
- Hurr Clothing
- On Loan
Some circular/upcycling/deadstock small clothing businesses to support
- Made by SJP
- With Love Evie
- Grandpa’s Shirts
- Agnes Ldn
- Molby the Label
- Leila Ray Vintage
- Tula & Tye
- Joanna Sands
- Studio Minti
- Megan Crosby
- Grey Milk
- Benjamin Fox
- Sign of the Times
- Public Footpath
- Wild Folk Studio
- Lola Alba Vintage
Some better larger fashion brands to support
- Pink City Prints
- Kitri Studio
- Dilli Grey
- Molby the Label
- Joanna Sands
- Rae Feather
Mindsets and a mental checklist
- Does it spark joy, Marie Kondo style?
- Will I love it in a year’s time?
- Do I want to invest in this at the expense of something else?
- Who made it?
- What is is made of?
- Do I want to support the company selling it/the manufacturer?
- Is it quality, or will it shrink/stretch and be unwearable after 1 wash?
Environmental and social facts and figures
If the above lists weren’t helpful enough, here are some shocking facts and figures that should put you off from clicking ‘Place Order’ from a fast-fashion retailer…
- The fashion industry emits 10% of the entire planet’s carbon emissions (that is far, far more than any airline, for example)
- The fashion industry is the second largest consumer of the world’s water supplies
- One garbage truck full of clothing is dumped every second
- Many clothes that are dumped contain polyester – this is a plastic and does not break down like cotton fibres. Washing polyester produces microplastics, which filter into our water systems and, eventually, our oceans.
- Microplastic and plastic pollution from the fashion industry forms roughly a 1/3 of ocean plastic pollution
- Cotton farming uses any incredibly high amount of water – both to grow the plant and to wash it and turn it into textile.
- The environmental impact of cotton farming is clear to see in the Aral Sea disaster; https://matadornetwork.com/read/aral-sea-ecological-disaster/
- The fashion industry could supply 110 million people, who are currently without, with water every year
- Garment workers are often not protected by regulations, meaning there is no minimum wage protection, nor employment protection. When the pandemic first hit, millions of garment workers lost their jobs across the globe without any pay or compensation.