Pre-loved clothes are simply items of clothing that have been previously owned by someone else.
They're often sold or donated for others to use, instead of being thrown away. This includes clothes sold in thrift stores, consignment shops, or online platforms that specialise in pre-owned clothing.
The World Bank
states that in certain countries, 40% of the clothes bought are never worn.
If pre-loved clothes are kept in circulation and extend their use by just nine months, we could reduce their environmental impacts by 20-30%, according to a BBC
This strategy of keeping clothes in use for a longer period helps us tackle waste and promotes sustainable fashion, emphasising that the choices we make can significantly influence our environment.
SIGNIFICANCE OF PRE-LOVED CLOTHES
- Pre-loved clothes offer a distinctive style that sets you apart from the mainstream fashion trends.
- You can find vintage pieces or unique items that are no longer available in stores.
- These clothes have character and tell a story, adding an element of charm to your wardrobe.
- Buying pre-loved clothes reduces the demand for new clothing production, which has a significant environmental impact.
- It promotes recycling and extends the lifespan of garments, reducing textile waste.
- Choosing second-hand clothing helps to conserve resources like water and energy, contributing to a more sustainable planet.
- Pre-loved clothes are often more affordable than new ones.
- You can find high-quality garments at a fraction of their original price.
- This allows you to experiment with different styles and trends without breaking the bank.
Choosing pre-loved and upcycled clothes is a wonderful way to reduce waste and protect our environment. It's fashion choice that you can feel good about.
Wearing pre-loved clothes is like treasure hunting, you never know what unique pieces you'll find. They're easier on the wallet, and it's fun to imagine the story behind them.
Here are some sustainable, pre-loved products available on Refash. To shop click on the images below.
You can find this pre-loved Champion hoodie in light grey and this pre-loved Adidas hoodie in dark grey from Retro Upcycle on Refash.
These upcycled bookmarks, expertly crafted by Leera, are made from pre-loved shibori fabric pieces and can be found on Refash.