Fashion Resale (Diverting Textile Waste)
Updated: Jun 25, 2019
A few years ago I read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, a book that is based on how we can separate ourselves from material possessions that don’t bring joy to our life. The book has a decluttering method that the reader can try at home. Not too long ago I tried it; I pulled all of my clothes out, touched item by item to see if it sparked joy and I ended up getting rid of more than half of my closet. My room feels more spacious and fresh now. This made me feel accomplished and renewed.
I took a look at the two large bags of clothes I was about to get rid of and remembered something I learned in school while studying health sciences; that textiles take up more than six percent of the space in a landfill . Six percent may not sound like a lot but consider that textile production in the United States increased from 1 thousand ton to more than 16 thousand tons since 1950 and only about 2 thousand tons get recycled and about 3 thousand tons gets turned into energy . Clothes still make up a large percentage of municipal waste.
The first thing that came into my mind was to take them to Buffalo Exchange, Uptown Cheapskate or Crossroads Trading; stores I found near me that exchange cash for clothes. I found that they don’t take many brands and they don’t pay too well either. They are great however if you don’t mind store credit or don’t have time for the following…
I found that the best way to resell clothing is online. There are sites like ThredUp, The Real Real, Snob Swap, Instagram, Facebook Market, Ebay, Tradesy, Mercari, OfferUp, Letgo and my favorite, Poshmark (PM) that are fantastic platforms for trading goods into cash.
Poshmark is an app that allows people to list and sell their used clothes, accessories and now some home accents within a couple minutes. It has a very interactive community, it is very easy to grow your followers and the self sharing option allows you to display your item in front of your followers multiple times per day; increasing sales the more you share. There is usually someone out there that is looking for, and ready to acquire that exact thing you want to sell. One person's trash is another person's treasure. No joke, I’ve sold items with small holes in them. Of course these were disclosed and accompanied by a description that notes that it needs a stitch or two, some love and mending.
So far, so good, this has been the most amazing and beneficial way I discovered to get rid of my old clothes. Nevertheless, I'm still on the process of slowly exchanging my clothing to remain items made only of organic cotton and other eco-friendly fibers, but not without using up the one I have first. If you are interested in joining Poshmark, you can do so by using my code khnotary, to get between $5 and $10 (depends on PM promotions).
Reusing, fixing/mending, recycling and buying secondhand are just some of the ways in which an individual can divert things from reaching the landfill.