I’ve often said that second-hand shopping is my favourite way to shop ethically and sustainably. I’m only now able to spend a bit more and buy contemporary eco-fashion labels and even then, my budget is small, so I understand what it’s like shopping with a tight wallet. Today is Dec. 1st, and I am going to rely on some Etsy shopping to fill my family members’ stocking stuffers, that’s for certain. It’s just so fun, so many options!
Thanks to this thing called “the Internet” (capital “i”) shoppers have more online, second-hand shopping options. We’re no longer limited to our local Value Village or Thrift Store. Etsy is definitely the most popular choice for second-hand shopping online, and I spend more time than I care to admit browsing its many shops.
How second-hand shopping is ethical and sustainable
- Economically sustainable for consumers, therefore more affordable
- Helps reduce the amount of clothing waste that ends up in landfills each year
- Doesn’t support fast-fashion companies that rely on slave and/or child labour
- Doesn’t support fast-fashion companies that rely on environmentally detrimental practices
- Doesn’t help contribute funds to local charities (The Salvation Army, for example)
- Supports local second-hand shops
- Supports small online businesses (through Etsy, for example)
- Doesn’t contribute funds to leather and fur industries