Reducing and recycling are words we have probably come across over the years but how often do we think of doing something about it? Granted, some of us reuse plastic bottles or know people who use them to sell zobo and other liquid products, but how many of us take into account the impact recycling has on the environment?
The process of manufacturing garment has been known to have a harmful effect on the environment, regardless of the materials used. These environmental hazards range from chemicals pesticides to the toxic by-products from the crude oil used in producing synthetic fibres.
The thrift/resale market is said to be the fastest growing sector in the apparel industry, which is estimated to be worth $41 billion in the year 2022.
However, this market is still one of the most slept-on industries in this part of the world. Why? This might be due to the fact that, thrifted clothing items (otherwise known as ‘Okrika’) is associated with poverty and dirt.
However, modern-day fashionistas and bloggers are changing this narrative by boldly wearing thrift items without the shame associated with it. If fashion influencers are not enough reason for you to hop on the pre-loved trend, then maybe the fact that you might be helping the environment by shopping thrift will.
The fashion industry is very wasteful in that fashion houses ceaselessly manufacture clothing items to meet new trends every year. As a result, the unsold clothes are sent to wastelands to be burnt which in turns pollutes the environment.
The thrift/resale industry is a big avenue to do your bit in the reduction of all kinds of pollutants from the garment manufacturing process to the landfill waste.How? When you buy your favourite designer outfits for less in thrift stores or markets you help reduce the production of excess garment which will cause a ripple effect in reducing transportation and wasteland pollution.
Also, wisely purchasing durable thrift items can help force the fashion giants to reconsider child and slave labour within the industry. Buying durable clothes out of necessity that last longer, help keep the environment clean one cloth at a time.
This might be a tiny contribution compared to the environmental problems at hand but it’s a start.
Don’t forget to use them well and give to the needy when you’re no longer in need of them.