Second Hand Clothes

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” Anne Frank


Why is it important?

Textile production is one of the most polluting industries, second only to oil; producing 1.2 billion tons of CO2 per year.

We are buying more, cheaper clothes and wearing them less before discarding.

There are limited recycling options for textiles to recover reusable fibres. It has been estimated that less than 1% of material used to produce clothing is recycled within the clothing industry, with around 13% recycled for use in other areas.

Polyester & acrylic fabrics are made from crude oil. When washed this fabric releases microplastics into waterways. When discarded, toxic chemicals are released as the product decomposes or burns.

“The WHO estimates that 20% of industrial water pollution comes textile manufacturing, which releases dyes and other chemicals into waterways in manufacturing countries.”

Cotton uses vast quantities of water and many pesticides. It is estimated that it takes 2700 litres of water to create 1 cotton t-shirt. Follow this link from the WWF to find out the impact of a cotton t-shirt.

Globally, nearly three-fifths of clothing end up in an incinerator or landfill site within a year of being made.


What can I do?

Say NO to fast fashion

Embrace vintage and second hand shopping: Vintage shops, eBay, Facebook marketplace, charity shops and apps like Vinted

Seek out recycled materials in clothes

Rent clothes for special occasions rather than purchasing

Choose natural fibres with sustainable credentials such as hemp and linen rather than cotton. Check this link https://goodonyou.eco/most-sustainable-fabrics/. If you do buy cotton look out for the better cotton initiative and GOTS.

Get creative with making your own clothes or fabric items out of old clothes or second hand fabrics

If you enjoy the idea of minimalism. Embrace it and buy less clothes. When you do buy be smart and invest in pieces that are versatile for mixing and matching outfits regardless of season.

For inspiration on how to stop buying things go to: https://sustainablyvegan.org/blognew-blog/how-to-stop-buying-things

Thank you New Leaf Alresford for inspiring some of the content for this page!