Keeping clothes out of landfills is a major environmental effort. It’s why H&M, the Swedish fast fashion giant, has pushed a sustainability effort in recent years: Bring in your old clothing—even if they’re not H&M brand—and they’ll give you a 15 percent discount on your purchase.
Now, thanks to the proliferation of used clothing sites and apps like ThredUp and Kidizen, it’s easier than ever to find high-quality used clothing, saving you money while saving the environment in one fell swoop. And if you’re in need of a?wardrobe upgrade, sites like The Real Real and Poshmark can help you get used designer pieces that might otherwise be prohibitively expensive at a serious discount.
“Prioritize secondhand clothing, then ones made with up-cycled or deadstock fabrics, then ones made with low-impact natural fibers, then clothes made with recycled polyester/nylon (avoiding ones made with virgin microplastics if possible),” suggests Chayne.