Proponents of Second Hand Apparels: Understanding their True Motive

Second-hand shops are getting more noticed and it’s not because of the vintage clothes they sell, but also the art and fashion of recycling clothes, and the motive to prevent the accumulation of unneeded clothes.

Clothes are thrown away daily, leading to pollution and adding to global warming. In that regard, sustainable fashion is generating waves and opinions, even on Users’ and clients’ experiences of clothes have led many to believe moving to fashion products that are more environmentally friendly should not be negotiated.

There are good reasons for this. A quick look at the history and motives of people who advocate second-hand apparel is enough to provide us with the motives behind this movement.

A brief history of second-hand products

The story of second-hand apparel began with lack. As people could not afford new clothes, they settled for second-hand products. This happened among several European countries, between the Middle Ages and the advent of the Renaissance. New clothes carried exorbitant price tags and so clothes were often passed down as a will, from generation to generation. As a form of pride and legacy, servants would wear the clothes gifted to them by their masters, bragging about rights and privileges. This continued until people could afford new clothes. But today, we are going back to that fashion period of second-hand products due to obvious reasons.

  • Second-hand products are eco-friendly and so do not consume many resources. They can be rebranded or retouched, but they hardly consume resources.
  • Another reason is that second-hand products are cheaper compared to buying new products. This way, they are also cost-effective.
  • Again, they are long-lasting. You can use them for as long as you want without any hitch.
  • By purchasing second-hand products, you are assisting in reducing the demand for fast fashion.
  • Lastly, second-hand products help lessen the load on landfills. The proliferation of textile waste has been discouraging.

Second-hand apparel and sustainable fashion

Fashion is divided into two: fast fashion and sustainable fashion. Fast fashion is a term used to describe any capitalist fashion business where catwalk trends and high fashion designs are the order of the day. Once the designs are marketed, displayed to the target audience, fast fashion companies produce in massive numbers often at a low cost per product. The result is in the total waste of textile. An average consumer is said to throw away about 70 pounds of clothes per year.

Sustainable fashion, on the other hand, is quite the opposite. It is a movement that calls to order greater ecological integrity and social justice. It was birthed as a result of the problems attached to fast fashion. It deals with economic, social, and environmental factors as they affect the fashion industry.  The underlying factor, however, is the need for the fashion industry to be proactive about global warming and climate change.


The motives behind buying secondhand apparel are varying and distinctive. Considered by proponents is the cost of buying clothes, social justice, and concerns about the environment.