Buying second-hand has many benefits that you may or may not think of and beyond replicating a fashion trend, deeper motivations are sought to get second-hand buyers to act more actively. Customers of online and physical shops are more and more willing to buy second hand rather than brand new products. Here are the benefits of this choice…
Buying second-hand is economical
The reason that stands out the most is that second-hand saves you money. Everything can be bargained for second-hand, such as clothes, toys, jewellery, dishes and books. You just need to get the right instinct before buying and ask yourself if you will be able to find equivalent products to what you want to acquire on the second hand market. It’s also an opportunity to get trendy, good-looking pieces at an affordable price that everyone can afford.
Shops abound with shirts, dresses, jeans, shoes and all accessories for approximately €8 or even less. You see the products, you choose them, and you pay for them. Got a size problem? No problem, any item is usually exchangeable within three days after your purchase. Buying second hand has no waiting time and is risk-free.
Buying second hand is environmentally friendly
Do you know how many litres of liquid it takes to produce one pair of jeans? 10,000! 2,700 litres for a cotton T-shirt. And that’s without taking into account the amount of CO2 emitted during priduct transportation. Do you see the difference with second hand clothes?
The effect on the environment, and more precisely your environmental footprint, will be less impactful than if you go to a big chain shop to buy brand new products. Moreover, buying new also makes the production of raw materials essential; tress have to be cut down to make wooden furniture and cotton will have to be chemically and instinctively grown…
Buying second-hand clothes is better for the earth
Second-hand products offer direct benefits for the surrounding area. The more you reuse an appliance, the more you prevent it from being a waste. This also helps to avoid asking for or spending money on a new product and saves resources such as the raw materials needed to produce new items.
The manufacturing of a fridge or television requires about 900kWh of energy, for example. This is just less than the annual electricity expenditure of a moderate energy household. Creating a smartphone generates 58 kilos of CO2. The equivalent of driving 620 km in a car.