When you shop second hand and donate unwanted clothes to second hand shops, you reduce waste, take a stylish stance against climate change, and help create a fairer world.
Apart from underwear and shoes, I always buy second hand clothes. Not just clothes either, most of my books are second hand (though I like to buy new books when they are from small, independent publishers) as are many of our household items. Most recently, an old pedal bin broke. A bin isn't something I would normally think of buying second hand, but none of the local hardware shops had any bins and I found myself buying a bin from a local second hand shop. It's in excellent condition too.
Second Hand September
is all about celebrating second hand clothing! Can you commit, for the
whole month, to buying only second hand clothes? And don't forget to donate your pre-loved items! Find
out more about Second Hand September here and sign up to take part here.
Finally, here are some other ways to reduce the impact of your own clothing. Here are just a few:
Avoid fabrics with a high environmental footprint, such as non-organic cotton, leather and synthetic fibres
Choose organic cotton and other natural fabrics that are produced without toxic chemicals
Choose brands that are taking steps to reduce their environmental impact
Wash your clothes less often and only at 30 degrees
Buy less, choose well and make it last