SANDAL SCANDAL: Do you ever buy or wear second-hand clothes?


22nd July 2019

SHOPPERS in Britain are set to buy 50 million summer outfits that will only be used once, so a charity is urging people to think of the planet and buy second-hand clothes instead.

A survey for Barnardo’s found that most outfits are bought for holidays, although people spend more money overall on clothes for weddings. The charity says that shoppers will splash out on 50.38m single-use outfits this summer, worth a total of £2.77bn.

The low price of some clothes means that many people think it’s okay to wear something only once, then chuck it in the bin. But campaigners are starting to fight back against ‘fast fashion’, by warning people how damaging it is. It takes a lot of resources to make clothes, but it is also bad for the environment to send waste to landfill sites.

Some critics blame social media, especially Instagram and Facebook, for making people think they need to constantly update their wardrobe. The Barnardo’s survey shows that 37% of 16 to 24-year-olds would be embarrassed to wear an outfit to a special occasion more than once, but that drops to just 12% for over-55s, who are less likely to use social media.

As well as being better for the environment, buying second-hand clothes can help charities like Barnardo’s to raise money, so it’s a double win!

Do you ever buy or wear second-hand clothes?


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88unicorn · 2 years ago

Of course I buy second hand clothes! People might think it’s tacky but my friend bought her prom dress from there!

sloth2008 · 2 years ago

Yes! It saves the environment and as long as the second hand things are clean and not broken, why not?

hector7 · 2 years ago

It’s better for the environment. Did you know that in WW2 people used curtains to fix clothes,as clothes were in short supply.

ilikenuts · 2 years ago

I don't but I think it's because I'm the oldest child, but my younger sister does.

iknow · 2 years ago

I didn’t, but might consider to, to make a difference.

teamgorbo1 · 2 years ago

Yes I do wear second hand clothes. I find it a lot of fun searching around different shops never knowing what I might find. I’ve got lots of designer clothes at a fraction of the price. It also helps the charities so I always donate my clothes to them, especially my local hospice charity shop. Also, it is good for the environment.

gogogirl09 · 2 years ago

of course i by second hand clothes! what do you think i think this world is?a waste dump?

asbml · 2 years ago

Of course I do! Who wouldn't?

puppy2143 · 2 years ago

I'm a younger sister so the clothes are passed down to me + better 4 the environment

thehkh · 2 years ago

I don't buy second-hand clothes but, I wouldn't have a problem doing so. I have never bought an outfit and only worn it once though.

pandaworld · 2 years ago

I can't believe people are kind of like, wasting money AND being cruel-kind of to the environment!!!!

oceangirl · 2 years ago

Yes because they’re not dirty or anything like that! They’re clean and they’re the same as the clothes you buy in primark or peacocks. They’ve just been worn by other people but they’ve been cleaned

cookie2121 · 2 years ago

Of course i buy clothes that are second hand! All my school uniform is second hand. I also have a younger sibling and younger cousins.

twig · 2 years ago

The majority of my school uniform is second hand

ameliau · 2 years ago

I don't think i have ever brought or worn second hand clot

lol123 · 2 years ago

I’m the youngest in my family and most of the stuff I wear is handed down

Mog18 · 2 years ago

Well of course! Many second hand clothes come from charity shops too.

gwenrat · 2 years ago

Yes X10000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

9dolphin · 2 years ago

Buying second hand clothes is a great way to help the environment and you can find some really hood stuff much cheaper than in the shops. I have many clothes second hand from my cousins and second hand shops.

vegananime · 2 years ago

no, as Im the oldest child. Also, if you buy it from a charity store, you don't know whose worn it or where its been! im sorry this is just my view but I don't like the idea of wearing something someone else has done... stuff in

earthling. · 2 years ago

Why not? It's cheaper, it saves the planet and it's just the same quality as the store-bought stuff. Most of the time...

mollyboo8 · 2 years ago

I do because otherwise you can sometimes waste your clothes but with second hand, other people have worn it and its not a waste.

emily2009 · 2 years ago

It really depends

pig101 · 2 years ago

It's better

gr8p21 · 2 years ago

As I'm the middle child I take plenty of clothes from my older sister so I mostly have second hand clothes

lovemarvel · 2 years ago

I don't normally buy 2nd hand clothes but whenever my clothes get too small they either go to one of many cousins or a charity shop.

lotussk8er · 2 years ago

Definitely not. I would not wear someone’s old clothes

vvvv · 2 years ago

Sometimes. I might do it more often. I don't go clothes shopping though myself, usually parents.

lottielove · 2 years ago

No, I can never find any second hand clothes that actually look nice on me.

trudie · 2 years ago

Yes! I have a big sis she grows out of here clothes all the time but of course I get treated with new clothes

luciah · 1 year ago

my fav charity shop is Fara

cookie2187 · 1 year ago

If they are good quality and clean, the i see no problem with buying second hand clothes. I also happily wear my older sister’s and older cousin’s old clothes.

p1neapple1 · 1 year ago

I usually where loads of my brothers and my friends clothes but sometimes I get brand new clothes

panda89 · 12 months ago

yeah i mean my favourite top is second hand

weirdcat · 2 months ago

I have a lot of second hand clothes. We basically just pass around a bag of them in my home education group.