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:
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.
Get your swap on
My swapping community, run on Instagram, is easy to join, just follow @regardinglife.co.uk, 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?