“Instead of buying new, we can lower our impact significantly by opting for used items, making the most of products already out there and discouraging further unnecessary manufacturing.”
So-called “fast fashion” outlets have been accused of not abiding by their environmental commitments in pursuit of profits while also using questionable employee practices and supply chains.
In June 2019, MPs urged the Government to end practices by fashion producers that “trash the environment and exploit workers despite having just committed to net zero emission targets”.
The Government insisted it would accept the committee’s recommendations, which ranged from mandatory environmental targets for high street giants and tax changes to reward responsible companies.
Thriftify said that by using the site, shoppers could find “gems” in an eco-friendly way while also supporting good causes.
In 2020, consumers using Thriftify in Ireland saved an estimated 36,700kg of C02 from the atmosphere and 11.9 million litres of water, by buying used clothes and books instead of brand new items, the firm claimed.
Michael Mc Ilwaine, Head of Retail at Oxfam Ireland, which has partnered with Thriftify, added: “The pandemic and national lockdowns have highlighted to charity retailers the limitations of an over-reliance on brick-and-mortar outlets and the vital importance of establishing and growing an online presence.
“By working with Thriftify, we feel confident that our business can reach customers that we simply did not before, expanding our market, unlocking potential from quality items, and bringing revenue back to the charity where it matters most.”