Second-hand is first rate

Second-hand is first rate

The good news is more of us are embracing the reuse, recycle, reduce mantra and are no longer sneary about buying second-hand

The message about climate change is getting through to people in all age groups and more of us are making a positive decision to avoid buying new things unless absolutely necessary

Millions of Brits are turning to refurbished and secondhand items in a bid to live more sustainably.
 
A recent study of 2,000 UK adults found a third of of them are happy to pick up used items, such as clothing, homeware and gadgets, to help the planet. And six in 10 went as far as to say it’s more important for them ‘than ever’ to shop green where possible. Around half are also worried about ‘fast fashion’ and take this into account when they buy outfits and accessories.
 
Similarly two-thirds consider the environmental and social impact caused by the manufacture of everyday household items such as clothes, white goods and gadgets.
 
That said more than half of respondents think there's still a stigma attached to buying anything secondhand or refurbished, though it wouldn't stop them from doing it.
 
Four in 10 believe older items tend to be better made, while half like the uniqueness of second-hand items and half think they are just as good as new.
 
Seven in 10 respondents say they choose second-hand as a way of saving money while a fifth of them say they actually prefer the shopping experience itself.
 
In terms of furniture, almost a quarter say the drive to reuse has made them more creative because they've had a go at upcycling a piece to give it a new lease of life, while nearly 60 per cent say they use sharing sites such as Freecycle.
 
The most popular second hand or refurbished items to buy include books (74 per cent), collectibles (62 per cent) and cars (60 per cent).
 
Furniture (58 per cent) also made the top 20, along with artwork (56 per cent) and DVDs/ Blu-rays (53 per cent).
 
There's still some way to go with mobile phones though as only 30 per cent of people questioned say they're ok with buying a second-hand phone, and shoes are the least likely item to make the second-hand cut with just 19 per cent of respondents saying they buy them. 
 
Charity shops are the most popular haunt for finding second-hand items, along with auction sites (44 per cent) and online stores (34 per cent).
 
And those who do shop in this way spend around £42 a month – more than £500 a year.
 
The study, commissioned via OnePoll, also found 44 per cent feel under pressure to overspend at this time of year due to Black Friday and Christmas, with 73 per cent thinking the materialism of Black Friday and Christmas is likely to be bad for the environment.
 
MOST POPULAR SECONDHAND OR REFURBISHED ITEMS:
 
1. Books - 74 per cent
2. Collectables - 62 per cent
3. Car - 60 per cent
4. Furniture - 58 per cent
5. Artwork - 56 per cent
6. DVDs/Blu-rays - 53 per cent
7. CDs - 51 per cent
8. Ornaments - 50 per cent
9. Retro games - 50 per cent
10. Vintage magazines - 49 per cent
11. Vinyl records - 49 per cent
12. Picture frames - 46 per cent
13. Bicycles - 45 per cent
14. Retro game consoles - 44 per cent
15. Board games - 41 per cent
16. Tools - 39 per cent
17. Clothing - 38 per cent
18. Accessories/jewellery - 38 per cent
19. Musical instruments - 37 per cent
20. Toys - 37 per cent
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