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Nine advantages of second-hand clothes

Posted on September 24 2020

Switzerland's first national Second Hand Day will take place on Saturday, 26 September. Vintage fashion and thus also second-hand clothes have been in fashion again for some time. But Second Hand is not only stylish, it also offers many other advantages. We have listed nine of them for you.

Second Hand Kleidung ist nachhaltig

NIKIN tries to find the best possible compromise between sustainable and affordable fashion. But we are honest: tThe most sustainable and probably also the most cost-saving option would be to do without new goods completely. Even though we are of course pleased that you have already planted over 700,000 trees with us, we do not want to deprive you of the advantages of second-hand clothing.

The nine biggest advantages of Second Hand

  1. Cheaper prices

Second-hand goods are considerably cheaper than new products. Discounts of 70 percent and more are not uncommon and relieve the purse considerably. So if you want to save your budget and still enrich your own wardrobe, you should rummage in Second-Hand shops. Many great bargains are waiting for you.

  1. Environmental protection during production

With every new item of clothing, raw materials are processed and emissions are generated. The transport of raw materials to the production site and from there to the seller also consumes resources. If second hand instead of new goods is bought, these environmental impacts can be avoided. You may have a new garment in your wardrobe, but there is no new damage to the environment.

  1. Less waste
Clothing that is no longer worn is either donated or disposed of. Everything that can no longer be used is burned. This releases toxic fumes into the atmosphere. Buying a second-hand garment prolongs its life and thus delays the environmental impact. And who knows, you might even pass on your second-hand piece of clothing again when you no longer want to wear it. The longer the life of a garment, the better for our nature.
  1. Advantage for children

Second-hand clothes are doubly suitable for children. On the one hand, children's clothes in Second-Hand shops are usually only worn a little, as children grow fast. This means that they are hardly worn out at all and can be carried on wonderfully. On the other hand, new garments are particularly unsustainable for children. This is because children often only fit into the clothes for a few months, then grow out and need new clothes again. New clothes for children should therefore be bought with care.

  1. There is nothing that does not exist

Shoes, scarfs, jackets, caps, trousers: The list of available second-hand clothes is endless. Did you know that second-hand wedding dresses can also be bought? There are practically no clothes that cannot be bought second-hand. Everything that can be bought as good as new is also available in Second-Hand shops. So you have the whole selection there as well.

  1. Health benefits

Used clothing is usually less harmful to health than new products. This is due to the fact that questionable chemicals have been washed out by frequent washing. This offers decisive advantages, especially for people with allergies or small children.

  1. The quality

Second-hand clothes are mostly of top quality. This can be seen from the fact that the clothing has not yet worn out despite frequent wear. If the clothing is available in a Second-Hand shop, it is checked for defects and has to meet certain minimum requirements. Only garments in good condition are offered.

  1. The fun factor

Strolling around the flea market is fun and is an experience that remains with you. After all, you meet new people, get into conversation and perhaps find exciting unique items. If you visit the flea market or second-hand shop with friends or family, you are guaranteed to find lots to marvel at and talk about. A great excursion is pre-programmed.

  1. The individuality

If you buy clothes at a flea market rather than off the shelf, you will come across some very special unique pieces. These help to create an individual style. Every garment already has a story to tell. And if you buy at a flea market, you may even learn from the seller what this piece has already experienced.

 

First national Second Hand Day

The first national Second Hand Day will take place in Switzerland on 26 September. The aim of this day is to question daily consumer behaviour. More than 250 different campaigns will take place on this day. Flea markets are organised, special offers are posted on online shops or the doors of the
charity shop are opened. If you also want to be part of the Second Hand Day, you can find all actions on https://www.secondhandday.ch/.

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