Why the hell do so many people continue to think that the laundered clothing donated to thrift and charity shops is somehow dirtier and less hygienic that a “new” garment that has travelled through many different factories, hands and machines worldwide without being washed even once?
Take a peek at the journey of a single, brand new fast fashion garment below and then let me know your thoughts.
Is thrifting really unhygienic?
Katie Hope recently published a fantastic article with the BBC detailing the journey of a single Zara dress:
“The lyocell fabric fibres from Europe were shipped to Egypt, where they were spun into yarn. This yarn was then sent to China where it was woven into a fabric. This fabric was then sent to Spain where it was dyed, in this case pink. The fabric was then shipped to Morocco to be cut into the various parts of the dress and then sewn together.
After this, it was sent back to Spain where it was packaged and then sent to the UK, the US or any one of the 93 countries where Inditex has shops.”
That’s quite a dirty journey – and doesn’t even include how many other bodies had possibly tried on the garment before it finally ended up being purchased “brand new” and perhaps worn for the first time by its new owner unwashed.
It really is impossible for me get my head around the completely illogical thought process behind the belief that laundered, preloved garments purchased at a thrift or charity shop are somehow less clean than something brand new. (so much so that I even made a video about it)
And, as all thrifty divas know, shopping preloved is an absolutely hilarious adventure, especially when you hunt through those groovy racks with a friend:
If you still have a few reservations about shopping secondhand let my amusing cast of characters show you why thrifting and reusing should be an important part of everyone’s life:
Is thrifting really unhygienic? Share your thoughts below.