When it comes to pollution or harming the environment, the first thing that comes to your mind usually isn’t what you are wearing. You may not realise, but the environmental impact from every piece of clothing you buy from stores like H&M, Zara, Forever21 or any other fashion retailer that has new stock piling in every week, is tremendous.
Apart from the obvious pollutants used in the manufacturing of clothing, such as the pesticides and toxic dyes, plenty of natural resources are also used in extraction, farming, harvesting and processing. It takes 2,700 litres of water just to make a SINGLE T-shirt! Consequently, the fashion industry is now the second largest industrial polluter in the world, accounting for 10 percent of global carbon emissions.
It’s not only the process of making clothes that’s dirty, what you do with the clothes after also plays a major role in environmental pollution. In order to keep up with the fast fashion trend, clothes are now made to wear out or even tear within just a few months. This encourages consumers to constantly buy new clothes without considering the consequences.
So what is an easy solution to reducing your carbon footprint while letting you constantly keep up with the ever-changing fashion trends, AND save money, AND even MAKE money? Second-hand clothes!
Stick around for more information on why buying and selling second-hand is awesome, and how by simply changing your clothing decisions you can make a huge difference.