The Two Major Problems The Secondhand Industry Is Facing

Penetrating apparel, let alone ethical and sustainable apparel, amid the epidemic last time was a headache.
What reduced my hours at work. My anxieties had increased. My family had just gone through two months of a severe lockdown in Chandigarh, India, where we couldn’t access introductory food, let alone leave the house.
You can imagine how uncomfortable and weird it was to suppose about “demanding” apparel(I’m sure this resonates with your utmost). But, when you’re sweating through your two dyads of pajamas in the heat of Indian summer, vexation is the only energy your need to buy.
This led me to explore the trend of Instagram providence shops popping up across India and getting relatively hung up with the experience.
Like the exhilaration of accessible fast fashion for mainstream consumers, I constantly reminded myself to check Instagram whenever a providence account I follow was releasing a new drop.
I turned announcement cautions on so I wouldn’t miss out on killer finds. I set up myself browsing particulars that were so unrealistic for the climate I live in.
And also smash, it hit me.
I had fallen into the circle.
The consumer cycle of wants turns into requirements turning into overconsumption.

Consumption comes in numerous forms, both palpable and impalpable.

Suppose fashions. Media. Shopping. Browsing.
Living in a digital revolution where marketing and advertisements are constantly being thrown at us on every platform, the impact and influence it has on our lives, indeed if we suppose we’re “woke,” will circle us at some point no matter what. The circle is there to make us feel good only if we consume, and it takes deep knowledge to escape the cycle.
In the midst of a lockdown, when you’re lacking connection, community, and freedom, retail remedy snappily becomes a reason to buy happiness and ignore our most natural requirements for cultivating joy.
As a tone- apprehensive existent on a nonstop conscious living trip, I was suitable to snap out of it. I linked I was now looking for secondary particulars that I didn’t need, which led me to dive deeper into understanding and studying the factual cycle of the secondary request( and how sustainable it really is).
And formerly I started, I couldn’t stop.
Why? Because this dangerous and addicting consumer cycle is actually what’s damaging the secondary assiduity.
To give you a summary, then are the two major issues I’m seeing . The demand for secondary goods from rich requests( aka millennials on nostalgic treasure hunts) is causing a rise in the price for secondary goods, making them unapproachable for people who need them most, lower-income and marginalized communities.
That’s right — we’re addicted to the history, to 90s style, to large sweaters and flood tide pants. And because it’s more sustainable( and also just way cooler) to find these particulars secondhand, middle to upper-class consumers have inflated the price of secondary particulars and are switching these quality pieces with their cheap, fast fashion finds. These cheap finds now flood tide the request because they aren’t dealing.
You see, since the Industrial Revolution, our “stuff” has become easier and cheaper to make. Following World War 2, citizens had veritably limited plutocrats to spend, but the frugality demanded a boost. In order to get cash flowing through the system, the frugality demanded us to buy( and presto!).
Now, decades latterly, we’re making further plutocrat than ever ahead, but still want more stuff made as fast and cheap as possible.
Constantly making new “stuff” presto, cheap, and in large amounts, is HUGE trouble to the secondary request and amplifies the environmental impacts of “fast fashion” and generalities like IKEA.
You see, as the middle class continues to increase in size and wants candescent and new, the secondary request has to keep up by dwindling the price of trendy pieces and adding the price of quality pieces( which contend within luxury requests). That means we’re actually transferring a lot further fast fashion particulars to the tip
than ever ahead of because they can’t hold up in the secondary cycle.
Why? Well, suppose about it why do take the time to mend a torn, secondhand, ever- 21 t-shirt if you can buy a new, analogous bone
for$ two further?
This leads the secondary request to get more choice- y about what particulars get an alternate life, which die on the first round, and which get channeled toward upscale, luxury alternate hand platforms. As a result, we see a decline in sustainability across the assiduity while adding to the profitable walls between middle and lower-income communities.

2. Although the secondary request is huge( it made up 4 of Japan’s overall retail requests in 2016!) and is seen as environmentally friendly, the environmental impacts over the last ten times have been immense.

Why? Because the further we buy, the further we throw down.
You see, once you’ve had your choice of what secondary particulars you want in countries like Canada and America, the particulars that you don’t want get packed out to countries like Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines, and India. On the positive side, this does present a profitable occasion for entrepreneurs in developing countries. Locals can make a great living by buying and dealing in the salvage request( which I’ll cover in my coming piece), and secondary particulars that can be recovered can be reclaimed into yarn in countries like India.
Still, because the secondary request is now swamped with fast fashion and cheap discoveries, torn and unsellable particulars( with terrible thread count) aren’t worth the healing investment and are transferred incontinently to tips
( and tips
that they don’t belong to).

So, how do we overcome these problems with real results?
We’ve to break our Western consumption habits. We need to stop the circle.
The Industrial Revolution helped fuel the frugality and allowed families to get their hands on the “stuff” they demanded, but now it’s gotten out of control with the increase in urbanization and globalization. It’s also affected civic planning as families need bigger and bigger homes to accommodate their adding quantum of “stuff”!
There’s formerly so important stuff on this earth just hanging out in basements, garages, storehouse units, and tips
we really don’t need “new.” What we need is to make a habit of reusing particulars NOW, reducing the volume, upping the quality, and sourcing secondary locally.
This brings me back to the conception of a “need.”
What’s a need and what’s a want?

Understanding your “needs” vs. your “wants” is a huge step in leading a conscious life.
It’s also important that I note a “want” doesn’t need to be demonized. Frequently, requirements and wants imbrication.
You need and want a connection. You need and want love. You need and want food.
But, the want is where you can actually check me.
“Do I need this sweater because downtime is coming, or do I want this sweater because I saw an influencer wearing it on Instagram?”
“Do I need this bag of chips because I’m empty, or do I want this bag of chips because it’s more accessible than cooking?”
No bone
can make the decision of your particular requirements. Wants but you — this is the conscious trip you’re leading.
I, indeed, as a mixed contended woman, always check and admit my honor when consuming. I know I don’t actually need anything. I have a roof over your head. I’ve food on my plate. I have a warm bed at night. But yet, there’s always the exhilaration of buying commodity “new” or buying “more,” nurturing a moment of immediate satisfaction through consumption.
The point then’s we’ve to start making conscious choices on the morning of the consumer cycle, not at the end when we’re left with trash and don’t know where to put it.
We’ve sluggishly turned the secondary assiduity into our particular dumps as all the cheaply made “stuff” we’ve been buying over the last 20 times has entered the request. With no value to the label and apparent wear and tear and gash after just many months, particulars as big as lounges and as bitsy as baby shoes are snappily tossed into tips.

The good news is your particular consumption habits( yes, just YOU as an individual!) play a vital part in the sustainability of our world.

In 2015, Americans tossed out24.1 billion pounds of cabinetwork, and 32 billion pounds of fabrics, according to the most recent data from theU.S. Environmental Protection Agency. That means there’s a veritably gratuitous56.1 billion pounds of stuff just hanging around on our earth from five times ago that could have been repaired, reused, or upcycled.
How did this be?
Convenience. Availability. We got lazy. We got greedy. We’ve each been part of this looping cycle, which makes us all inversely responsible for results.
Luckily, the results are realistic and accessible.
We need to make a truly indirect system. We need to produce a sustainable cycle where everyone understands their part and how it works.
In my coming piece, I’m going to walk you through the cycle of secondary fashion once it reaches its destination country in the global south so we can understand where further occasion lies in creating a sustainable fashion assiduity. ( Read Part 2)
Until the coming time,
Stay out of the circle!

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