Second hand shopping made easy

Posted September 14, 2020 by Bethanie Lunn

Hi everyone, we’re almost at the end of Second Hand September - an initiative by Oxfam.

It’s all about shopping only second hand for 30 days or more, in order to give clothes a longer life by keeping them from landfill. 

Why is that important? 

There’s a whole bunch of reasons but one of the bigger ones is to reduce the need to build more landfills ‘cos they take up valuable space and are a source of air and water pollution. 

Reduce our waste and we conserve our resources, AND reduce our exposure to methane - a greenhouse gas more potent than carbon. Methane comes from rotting clothing that sits in landfills for up to 200 years. Yikes.

How to do it:

Buying second hand is super easy and even considered cool now. You only have to look at second hand selling sites such as Depop and Re-Fashion to see that. 

There is also a growing number of sustainable fashion labels available. I find them to be quite pricey, overall out-pricing me sadly, but this is improving and the more ‘mainstream’ ethical fashion becomes, the easier it will be for brands to diversity their pricing brackets. 

There's currently 7.9 million+ posts on Instagram using the hashtag #sustainablefashion - follow that so you can start to curate your own feed of content and preferences. The labels will find you!

One label in particular deserves a shout out. Sustainable activewear label, Gnger Bees is the first fashion brand to name everyone in their supply chain. I love everything about this - pioneering, campaigning for transparency while also empowering people through recognising the hard work and individuality of every person involved in making each item.

A Gngr Bees clothing label.

Get your swap on

My swapping community, run on Instagram, is easy to join, just follow,  watch the highlights or visit the link in the bio. 

*You can join the private swapping groups led on DMs

*You can watch the videos of my preloved curated collections (second hand clothing I’ve sourced or received by donation)

*You can follow just for the fashion tips and sustainable content

I’ve also now evolved my styling services to become more sustainable. So I now offer personal shopping experiences with a slow fashion spin my hosting shopping experiences with the following considerations:

*Shopping trips at charity stores and second hand or vintage stores

*Preloved collections that I curate myself

*Sustainable fashion brands

*Mindful clothes swapping partiesMy online communities (there’s more coming but this Insta group is the first)

*Independent stores that can tell me all about their ethical supply chain

I get it, it’s easy to ignore the wider issues and, if you don’t know about the truth, I get why you might assume all is well, but we all desperately need to change. We’re conditioned to love and trust brands, and the temptation of those shoes and that t-shirt is strong.

You only have to look down my personal Instagram feed to see I wasn’t always like this, but I’ve had a huge awakening of the crisis our planet is in and, if I can do it, you can do it to.

The shoes ain’t worth it. Our planet and all who live on it are though.

Who is with me? 

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