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4 February 2021

Op shop chic: second-hand shopping on the rise

Buying second-hand might be the easiest thing you can do for the planet and your pocket.

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Sam Y.
08 Feb 2021

I buy recycled clothing, but have a couple of areas where - when items need replacing - that I only buy new. Those areas are socks and underwear. I buy both new and second-hand shoes, but I am careful about second-hand shoe quality.

This trend is a great one, and thanks for the post. A while ago I read that to reduce consumption there are seven steps: (1) Refuse, (2) Repair, (3) Reduce, (4) Reuse, (5) Repurpose, (6) Rot/compost, ... and very last, (7) Recycle. Op-shops are recycling, so it will be interesting to see what happens when the recycling trend finally impacts fast fashion... supply may drop a little, and that will be no bad thing.

Sam Y.
08 Feb 2021
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Oh: and I don't know if I am allowed to do this, but I have blog where I have written some posts on recycling at http://www.samyoung.co.nz/search/label/recycling.

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Hamish W.
04 Feb 2021
Good idea for some things and not others.

Much as I hate to do this, I won't buy second-hand appliances, especially whiteware. When old ones wear out, I buy new, because I can choose more energy efficient models. Sadly, I don't even get them repaired if they have lasted 10 years or more because, even after a good repair, it's still a 1-0+ year old appliance and something else will surely fail soon.

On the other hand, I've bought lots of second hand farm equipment, furniture, rugs, clothes and some car parts. Trademe is very useful.