You know how we talk a lot about caring for the environment? Much of what we’ve posted about before has been connected to our homes and what we eat. Today, we want to talk about clothes. Ouff. Can you feel the weight of the clothing industry’s eco footprint? Mm, we do too. But, you know, we want to be positive and we know we can make better choices and that as a group of consumers, we have a vote.
A couple of weeks ago, someone sent us an article by Björkåfrihet, a Swedish secondhand company. In the article, Björkåfrihet compares the amount of emissions from new clothing items and secondhand items given and sold in Sweden. The numbers are hard to grasp. Here are some examples:
- The difference in emissions for a t-shirt is 194 times more from a new one.
- The difference in emissions for a pair of jeans is 197 times more from a new pair.
- The difference in emissions for a dress is 325 times more from a new one.
- The difference in emissions for a jacket is 397 times more from a new one.
O gosh. It means a person can buy 194 secondhand t-shirts before having caused the same amount as when buying a single new one. Students just got another reason to shop second hand, besides the price.
Well, this has surely made us think of secondhand as the first alternative. Do you shop secondhand? Where? Tell us over on Instagram @livetogrw_student!
Talk to you soon!
Read Björkåfrihet's article here (in Swedish).