Could you buy your next item of clothing second hand?

Not only could it save you money, but it could also help to save the environment.

A letter popped through our front door last week. It was from our lovely next door neighbour, asking my children to help save the environment and to help her join in and spread the message to her friends, and to be more environmentally conscious with their decisions.

Although it was a school initiative, my neighbour is an environmental activist at heart – she picks up other people’s litter, has pledged to help reduce plastic waste, and reduce the amount of water she uses. I think it’s a great approach, and it reminds me of when I was at school and we were trying to encourage people to recycle (it didn’t routinely happen then!).

It’s heartening to see that my neighbour is part of a wave of children actively looking to make a real difference to climate change. With recent protests showing that our children want to be taken seriously on the environmental issues which will affect their generation, we can feel quietly confident that the world will be in safer hands with their input.

But what can we do?

Firstly, we can remind ourselves of the fundamentals – turn off the taps when we’re cleaning our teeth, reduce single-use plastic when we shop and look for more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly ways to heat and light our home.

The other thing we can do is to reduce the amount of things we buy. Only buy products when we actually need them, and make an effort to buy eco-friendly. Simple switches from things like cling-film to waxed paper (which is reusable) or plastic cotton buds for bamboo (you won’t know the difference). This is so important at Christmas, when it’s really easy to get swept up in the festivities – but does it need to be at the expense of the planet?

There’s a fab visual going round from Just Little Changes to help give you some ideas of gifts which won’t cost the earth.

A recent campaign I also saw from 1millionwomen also suggests that by buying your next item of clothing second hand, it could save a staggering 6 million kg of carbon pollution from entering the environment. If we all make a pledge to buy second had, just think of that enormous impact.

This also ties in with a campaign run by our lovely friends at Demelza Hospice Care for Children. They are not only encouraging recycling of items through their network of shops, and at the Demelza Superstore in Maidstone, but they are also trying to reduce the level of plastic they’re using, looking at solar energy and other ways to reduce their impact on the environment. You can find out more about their campaign, Dotty’s Green Spot here>>

We love a good bargain-hunt, and we regularly pop down to our local Demelza Hospice Care for Children shop. Our personal favourites are the fabulous shop in Rochester High Street, which has a wonderful boutique vibe (be warned – you’ll need a good hour to browse!) and also the Maidstone Superstore which is choc-full of furniture and other household treasures!

You can also find out more about your local Demelza Hospice Care for Children shop here too. Pop down, and help our pledge to buy your next piece of clothing second hand!

Happy shopping thrifty people. x

(We just want to make clear that this isn’t an advert, we’re not paid for our relationship with Demelza Hospice Care for Children, but we’re proud and priviledged to be able to support them in their work). x

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