What does it really mean to live a sustainable life? You probably know what you should do in order to live as sustainable as possible. Sustainability isn’t just about consuming in a sustainable way, but also to cherish what you already have.
To shop second hand is to shop in a sustainable way. Garments and other things get recycled an get to experience new adventures with new users. There is a story behind every artefact and if you’re interested in knowing more, you can do a lot of research to figure out the artifacts earlier lives.
But why does so many people have such a hard time with shopping second hand? One reason could be that we, as human beings, always feel the need of consuming news and from this perspective second hand consumption can be seen as “old” and not anything that can contribute with a novelty value in the wardrobe. But it is all about changing your mindset. What is the most important to you, really? Is it to buy the new it jacket or is it to be aware of where and how your clothes have been produced? Instead of thinking that you cannot buy the latest brands second hand, think about the founds you make that probably are completely unique and will let you stand out from the crowd. You might even become a trendsetter amongst your friends.
Another reason to why many people avoids shopping second hand is because it touches upon a matter of class and status. Earlier on, lower classes have been imitating those of higher rank and thus, the clothes brands and price have been of great importance in order to reach a high status in society. But today, that is not the way it is anymore. Boarders are being blurred, trends trickle down from above and bubble up from below. They move across our society in all directions and new interpretations of old trends are born every single day.
What is the most important to you? Is it to be ajour with the new trends or is it to know that you cherish the environment and historical value? No matter what your answer is, everything is available second hand. Think of that the next time you’re going to buy something “new”.