Originally Posted by ekblad8
I am interested in this as well. How do you guys feel about buying things second hand even if it doesn't fall into the catagory of ethically made? DYKWIM? I mean, if it's already been purchased and I'm repurchasing it and extending it's life, is that OK?
That's my philosophy -- if it's second hand, I pay no attention to the label. The damage has been done, and I'm actually helping *less* damage be done in the long run by not buying a brand new product. It's more environmentally sound, since even ethically produced items use resources, may create pollution, and are usually transported significant distances. Most stuff at the second hand store is "local", lol!
I suppose you might send mixed signals sometimes though. My son was wearing a shirt one day with the GAP logo prominantly displayed. The subject of hand-me-downs came up with a friend and I mentioned that his shirt was a hand-me-down from another friend. She chuckled and said,
"I wondered about that shirt! You don't shop at The Gap, do you?" She obviously knows me fairly well! :LOL
I always appreciate links for less expensive new stuff though! Thanks!