6 Reasons why you should buy Preloved Clothing
The preloved clothing movement is growing day by day, and for good reason. Buying preloved not only saves you money, helps you stand out from the crowd, it reduces the environmental impact of the fashion industry. Discover 6 reason why you should opt for preloved clothing over new.
1. Prevents more clothing going to landfill
Every 10 minutes, Australians dump 15 tons of clothing and fabric waste - adding up to 800,000 tons every year. When it is thrown away, 73% will be burned or buried in landfill. In landfill, decomposing materials can take hundreds of years to breakdown whilst releasing the toxic greenhouse gas methane. Shopping preloved displaces the need for new clothing production and diverts items from landfill.
2. Save money on quality clothing built to last
Not everyone can afford to buy designer and premium brand clothing at full retail price. And why should you when you can pay 50- 90% off retail by purchasing preloved. The premium we pay to purchase brand new is eliminated when you buy preloved clothing. Now, this may mean you are not the first person to wear the garment, however that doesn’t mean the quality is compromised. What it does mean is you can shop for quality brands at affordable prices.
3. Extends the life of fashion garment
Simply by extending the life of a garment by 9 months would reduce their carbon, water, and waste footprints by 20-30%. That doesn’t mean leaving your clothes unworn in your wardrobe for an extra 9 months, instead it means ensuring it is maximized to its full potential. If you have clothes in your wardrobe that you no longer wear you can extend the life of these clothes by reselling your clothes online with Reloved Wardrobe. That way your clothes get to shine longer, and you can earn money on your unwanted clothes.
4. Find unique pieces to create your own look
Buying preloved clothing provides more diversity and choice in your wardrobe than the current fashions offered by clothing brands. You will no longer be limited to what is offered in the shopping centres or big brand online stores. Enjoy shopping for pieces you can no longer find anywhere else, and you can be assured you won’t see someone in the same outfit that you are wearing.
5. Reduces the demand for fast fashion
There has been a 400% increase in clothing production over the last 20 years fueled by the demand for fast fashion, now being churned out at a rate of 80 billion garments per year! The growth in fast fashion has accelerated the fashion season from two seasons per year Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter to as many as 50-100 micro seasons. This creates an incentive for people to buy more clothes to keep up with the trends. The only way to stop the growth of the fast fashion industry is stop buying fast fashion, instead supporting the preloved and sustainable clothing industry.
6. Become part of a growing movement
2020 saw a surge in demand for preloved clothing. According to US based fashion reseller Thredup, 33 million consumers bought preloved clothing for the first time in 2020. And, of those first-time buyers, 76% plan to increase their spend on preloved clothing in the next 5 years. New York University professor Scott Galloway predicts global sales of preloved clothing will be ‘a bigger business within nine years than fast fashion’. The times are changing for the good, and now is your chance to be part of this growing movement by choosing to buy preloved clothing instead of new.