The number of items purchased every year has doubled in the last 15 years. We’re buying more and more clothing, and we’re also throwing away a lot of these purchases, with 84% of clothing ending up in landfills or incinerators.

It’s a shocking number, and it’s not sustainable. We can’t go on buying new items at this rate, and finding ways to get more use out of each piece in our wardrobes is crucial if we want to reduce the impact of our fashion choices on the planet.

Brands need to change the ways clothes are made so they are more durable or recyclable, but we, consumers and citizens, also have an essential role to play. By changing the way we consume, voting with our dollar, and choosing better brands and practices, we can push the whole industry forward.

Shopping second hand is said to be one of the things we can do to reduce the footprint of our wardrobes. But is shopping second hand sustainable? Today, we look at the rise, impact, and issues linked to shopping pre-owned clothing.

Last updated 17/11/2021