Source: Shelby Chalk

Over recent years young people have switched to purchasing second-hand clothing, not only for the thrill of discovering unique pieces, but to also make sustainable fashion decisions.

Stores like St Vincent De Paul, Salvation Army and Lifeline have gained significant popularity over recent years as a result of this.

St. Vincent De Paul worker, Sandra Briggs, has worked at the op-shop for the last five to six years and said she has witnessed more young people choosing recycled fashion over buying brand-new clothing.

After witnessing the circulation of clothing that op shops provide, she said she could understand the “many benefits” of buying things second-hand.

“By giving clothing a new life, op shops reduce the amount of waste going into landfill,” she said.

The negative effects of purchasing new clothing goes beyond landfill, according to Geneva Environment Network, fashion production makes up 10 per cent of humanity’s carbon emissions, dries up water sources, and pollutes rivers and streams.

Despite concerns over the negative impacts of the fashion industry, younger generations have said they want to make a difference by choosing to actively shop second-hand.

University of Wollongong student, Grace Timms, said she prefers op shopping over buying brand-new clothing.

“I enjoy finding one-of-a-kind pieces and the guilt-free experience, knowing that it is for a good cause and also beneficial for the environment,” she said.