I’m swapping my new year resolutions this year for a challenge.
For the entire year of 2020, I will only buy clothing second hand.
We don’t really need that much to survive, the consumer culture that so many of us get caught up in is designed for profit, not what we actually need to live. The goal here is to highlight how much of my life is a “want” compared to how much is “need” and to reduce my carbon footprint and waste.
So my challenge for 2020 is to only purchase clothing that I find in thrift stores.
The only exceptions to the challenge are underwear and socks.
I already have more clothing than I need so it seems like an easy challenge right? What about all those throw away party outfits, things I buy for Insta and only wear once, and stuff I buy when I’m just out for a little retail therapy? Those items are probably the most destructive single use, junk fashion pieces that we throw away without a second thought, how much of it is really necessary? How many of these items do we throw away that could be repurposed in to singlets or shorts?
Think I’m up to? We shall see. I’m lucky enough to be living in an area that is abundant with thrift stores, I’ve found some great items already that are part of my regular wardrobe, but can I go a year without buying clothing? Could you?
For all of 2020 i’ll be doing my best to only buy second hand and I’ll be sharing those purchases with all of you here.