Is My UNIF Obsession Sustainable?

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Lately, I’ve rediscovered my love of not only Unif Clothing but also Ebay. But while trawling through my many eBay searches and joining Unif Buy/Sell/Swap Facebook groups I’ve been facing a new question. Is this sustainable? Is it sustainable to search out a specific brand of clothing which isn’t ethically sourced? Even if it’s second hand? Here are my thoughts so far!

It is second hand after all!

Unif is a great brand to buy second hand because it’s very popular. This means that there are lots of cool styles floating around that, chances are, are now unwanted. They’re expensive so, they aren’t the kind of clothing you give away to a thrift store either!

While it isn’t feeding a brand who isn’t sustainable with money, you are feeding a person who is likely to buy more of Unif’s clothing.

I don’t really have any issues with this. At the end of the day, you are saving clothes from being thrown out. It’s important to lessen the impact of the growing pile of clothing that goes to dumps, can’t be recycled and isn’t biodegradable!

But is wearing Unif or any other big brand setting a bad example?

Especially with the possibility of wearing these clothes bought second-hand in outfit posts on the blog, I wonder if I’m putting out the wrong message. If someone, who doesn’t know my personal ethics, comes across a picture of me wearing Unif leopard pants and wants them for themselves, they are probably going to go straight to the source to buy them instead of shopping around.

And who am I to stop them?

Everyone has their own right to their ethics and my way may be cheaper but it’s a lot more work!

What do you think? Is the price drop worth it with all the work? Is it a sustainable option even while I seek it out using the brand?

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4 Comments

  1. Wearing second hand stuff is going to cut down on your environmental impact for sure, I guess you can always just label it as ‘second hand’ or ‘thrifted’ in blog posts instead of saying UNIF of whatever, then you aren’t really advertising it as much.

  2. I agree with Caitie. Or maybe in blog posts featuring their products, put a small disclaimer about the fact they are second hand and that you don’t support the company by buying directly.

    When I found out MAC still tests on animals, I didn’t chuck all of my makeup. However I don’t purchase from them anymore. When people ask me about a lipstick, I’ll tell them it’s MAC, but then I also explain that I don’t buy their products anymore due to the fact they test on animals, and then I end the conversation. Everyone is free to make their own purchases and decisions. However I wish more people would consider what their dollars support and speak out with their wallets.

    Love the look btw!

    1. Generally when I say unethically sourced, I mean that I’m not sure where they stand on the sustainability/ethically produced chart – including child labor and pollution and stuff. For all I know they could secretly be ethical (but why would anyone be secretly unethical!)

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