WORDS: JODIE DUDDY
FEATURE IMAGE: ALEX HOLYOAKE
In a post- Marie Kondo world it’s important that despite out desperation to declutter we don’t succumb to a throwaway culture and instead emphasise the benefits of recycling through apps like Depop. Everybody has heard of Depop, it’s by no means a new or an original idea but it appeals particularly to the millennial audience through its social media- like interactions between buyers, sellers and ‘swappers’. Even in a small way Depop encourages the mentality to recycle clothing and extend its lifespan, which is helpful for the planet that cannot keep up with constant demand for manufacture.
There is such a variety in the clothing available on Depop; I have used it in the past to search for pieces of clothing no longer available from a particular shop, or to search for a particular style of dress I knew I was hunting for. Vintage clothing is easily found on Depop for inexpensive prices and there are quirky items that you can’t find anywhere else.
The environmental benefits
By recycling clothing in this way, it extends the item’s lifespan before they will eventually be donated to a charity shop or a clothes bank. Buying a few second hand items, reduces the demand for manufacture and therefore reduces the amount of power and materials used – fashion makes up the second most polluting industry in the world. Some sellers even advertise that the packaging they use is recycled from other purchases; I do this too to save money, and to reuse the single use plastic packaging to wrap the items I sell.
Not buying items brand new means that they can be seriously reduced in price. People often want rid of clothing that is taking up storage space and you can save so much money, often on things you would have otherwise bought full price. It’s an easy way to earn money from home with minimal effort and can really benefit the environment and your purse.
Depop is reducing throwaway culture in its encouragement of recycling, and appreciation for the items we have already own. Buying second hand clothing, and sharing what we have is essential to the livelihood of the planet and reducing the harmful pollutants that the fashion industry pumps into our planet.