From the moment I launched Love Hannah Lee I knew there would be people who didn't quite understand the why one would voluntarily shop (and enjoy shopping) second-hand fashion.
Though I now love my pre-loved pieces without a doubt, I can also acknowledge the stigma around shopping second-hand - I've been there too. I vividly remember my pre-teen self being too embarrassed to go into a Salvation Army with my Mom one weekend. Our society gives second-hand items a "dirty" stigma - something that you only shop out of necessity. And because of this we all, especially our dramatic pre-teen selves, crave that shiny new item.
Unfortunately, consistently buying new does more harm than good - and not just to your wallet. For the environment too. When it comes to apparel, only about 15% of textile waste gets recycled - but we'll get deeper into that momentarily.
So, on that note, we're kicking off the LHL blog with a post to take a chip out of the second-hand stigma - reasons why we should all be shopping second-hand:
1. Reduce waste
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the fashion industry is one of the most wasteful. Annually generating almost 17 million tons of textile waste alone. That means 17,000,000 tons of textile waste added to landfills every 365 days, when nearly 95% of it could have been resumed or recycled in some way. And the cherry on top? Decomposing clothing releases methane, a harmful greenhouse gas which plays a significant role in global warming.
Shopping second hand extends the life cycle of clothing and keeps them out of landfills.
2. Save money
Shopping second-hand often comes with a majorly reduced price tag. So much so, that those who commit themselves to shopping second-hand for one year save an average of $2,129. That's a lot of extra coffee runs.
3. Create a one-of-a-kind style
99% of the time, shopping second-hand means each piece is one-of-a-kind - in turn creating a one-of-a-kind style.
4. A long-lasting wardrobe
In recent years fashion has become, for the most part, disposable - think stores like Forever 21 and H&M with quickly rotating and low-quality inventories. When you shop for high-quality second- hand pieces, likely from decades pase, the craftsmanship and overall quality significantly improves and, odds are, will last you much longer.
With all that being sad. Your entire wardrobe doesn't need to be second-hand to make an impact. Small changes make a big difference.