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?