I pledge to not buy fast fashion and will instead buy secondhand clothing as my first choice and ethically made, sustainable clothing as my second choice. I will keep my clothing as long as possible, repair it, and send it back to the manufacturer to be repaired, refashioned or recycled if they have a take back program, or recycle it at the end of its life.
Textiles should always be recycled because they have a value of $100/ton in the circular economy. Please also consider taking our Recycle All Used Textiles pledge.
After the oil and gas industry, the fashion industry is the world’s next largest polluter. The secondhand (recommerce) market for clothing – in local stores and online – is estimated to eclipse the size of market for new clothing within a decade because consumers want to avoid being complicit in the the social and environmental costs of buying cheaply made, trendy clothing that doesn’t last.
Clothing manufacturers with “Take Back Programs” that close the loop on used clothing include: