The Psychological, Environmental and Financial Benefits of Buying Second Hand
Written by Niamh
Most people know the benefits of buying second hand is that it’s good for the planet, and your wallet, but way less are aware of the other, even better, benefits of buying preloved.
This blog will explain the psychological, environmental and financial benefits you’ll experience when you buy used.
Environmental Benefits of Buying Second Hand
The biggest benefits are, of course, the ones that will protect the beautiful planet we call home (ok, apart from the extreme cases, who have decided to move to Mars!!). The environmental benefits are huge:
Reduces Waste - Most obviously, saving used clothing from landfill prevents unnecessary waste from being created.
Americans only recycle 15.2% of their textiles.
Even for clothes that get put into recycling, there’s not much hope they will end up being recycled at all.
Over 65,000,000 tons of used clothing were sent to Ghana in 2019.
The best use for clothes that are no longer wanted/needed is for them to be resold and reloved via second-hand shopping.
Reduces Pollution - The fast-fashion industry is responsible for 10% of overall carbon emissions worldwide, as production creates a large amount of CO2 from the manufacturing and transporting a garment.
The Vinted Climate Change Impact Report, claims that by choosing to buy second hand clothes instead of new, you can save 1.8kg Co2 per item (the equivalent of driving for 30-minutes).
Preserves Natural Resources - Another huge environmental benefit of buying used is that it decreases the demand for non-renewable resources, preserving necessary ecosystems which keep our planet stable.
Polyester, used widely for clothing production, is made from petroleum. It is a synthetic material which has many toxic chemicals embedded in it.
As many fast-fashion products are not sourced in a sustainable way, using harmful fossil fuels and destroying animal habitats in the process of their production, choosing used clothing instead protects vital resources and withdraws your support of unethical practices.
Reduces Water Consumption - An often overlooked benefit of second hand clothes, reducing our water footprint is a great step toward a greener lifestyle.
“It takes 3,781 litres of water to make one pair of jeans. That’s enough for 2000 days, or 5.5 years, of drinking water”.
Saves Energy - The production of new clothing also uses a huge amount of energy, particularly through the transportation and shipping process. The transportation sector is worth ¼ of the energy consumption of the entire globe.
Taking a step to ensure that your clothing is locally sourced from a used clothing store is a great way to help reduce global energy usage.
Which Benefits of Buying Second Hand are most important to you?
Try and remember them while you’re next faced with the decision of buying new or used, and see how much it helps you!