Benefits of buying second-hand goods
More and more people are turning to the internet to buy second-hand goods. While it may be to save money, it is also environmentally friendly. Repairing, recycling and reusing saves using more of our precious natural resources. Not only this, buying second-hand clothing, shoes, accessories and furniture can express your individuality.
More than ever, Australians turned to the internet to buy and sell second-hand items during the pandemic. According to a 2020 Gumtree report, the Australian second-hand industry is worth $46 billion, which is up $3 billion more than the previous year. There was a shift in our thinking partly because of the worry about being able to pay household expenses with businesses closed down. The lockdowns also opened people’s eyes. We saw firsthand the positive effect it had on the environment and there was so much less pollution, with wild animals even venturing into the streets of cities. Now we want to do more for the environment. Buying and selling used items is a great place to start.