Boston, MA (September 13, 2022) – With the annual Fall Fashion Weeks taking place in New York City, London, Milan, and Paris this month, Hot Buttons, a Post Script Media podcast about the future of fashion and culture on a changing planet, kicks off a series of shows dedicated to Secondhand September, beginning this Thursday, September 15. Listen Here.
Hot Buttons will dedicate their weekly episodes in September to buying secondhand and inspiring individual action. Over three weeks, Christina Binkley, Rachel Kibbe, and Shilla Kim-Parker will unwind the Secondhand September cultural trend started by Oxfam that encourages consumers to shop secondhand to lessen their impact on the planet and help reduce the demand for new clothing. They’ll discuss whether individual pledges to buy less actually work.
Andy Ruben, from Trove, a leader in recommerce who has raised more than $100M and recently announced a partnership with On joins the show on Thursday, September 15, British slow fashion campaigner and influencer Venetia La Manna joins on September 22, and Sarah Davis, CEO of Fashionphile, the first luxury resale platform will be on September 29.
Shilla, Rachel, and Christina will also be out with their own takes on Secondhand September that will be shared on the Post Script Media site this month.
“Consumers send a powerful message to retailers and fast-fashion brands based on where, how often, and why they buy their clothes today,” said Scott Clavenna, CEO and co-founder of Post Script Media. “The U.S. throws away up to 11.3 million tons of textile each year — around 2,150 pieces of clothing each second. Fashion has incredibly complicated waste and sustainability problems to account for.”
According to the United Nations, the fashion industry contributes up to 8% of global carbon emissions. To address the environmental impact fashion has on our planet, and to reflect growing consumer demand, more big brand companies are turning to e-commerce technology companies like Trove, ThredUp, Poshmark, The RealReal, Treet, and others as popular sites and solutions for secondhand retail.
The secondhand market has jumped in recent years from roughly $11 billion in 2012 to $82 billion in 2026, according to a recent ThredUp report. This all corresponds to 33 million U.S. consumers participating in the secondhand marketplace in 2020. Trove estimates that it has helped avoid emissions of over 2 million kilograms of carbon dioxide equivalent and kept more than 200,000 kilograms of waste out of landfills globally.
Stats about fashion’s impact on the planet (via Blueland):
- The fashion industry makes up 10% of global carbon emissions and uses 93 billion cubic meters of water every year
- 87% of fiber input used for clothing is incinerated or ends up in landfills
- Half a million tons of plastic fibers are dumped into the ocean every year
- Production of new fashion garments has doubled since 2000
- Closet Clean Out: Start with a closet audit. What do you already have, and do you really need anything new? Can you get rid of old clothes? If you have clothing to get rid of, look for local thrift stores that accept donations or try to sell your clothes at a local shop.
- Upcycle: Can’t donate all your old pieces? Try to upcycle with mending or create something new with a little creativity.
- Repair, repair, repair: Instead of throwing damaged clothes away, try to fix them.
- Buy new garments less frequently, wash your clothes in cold water, and drying them on a line can all cut your carbon footprint.
- Shop Secondhand: Take the pledge to shop secondhand or not buy anything new the whole month of September.
- Invest in Long Term Pieces: If you do need to shop, try your best to make investments in clothing you can keep for a long time, so you won’t have to get rid of them anytime soon – and of course buy them secondhand!
- Listen to Hot Buttons for more weekly tips.
About Post Script Media
Post Script Media makes podcasts for a changing planet. Founded by Stephen Lacey and Scott Clavenna, Post Script has produced some of the most important podcasts in the energy and climate space, including The Carbon Copy, Catalyst With Shayle Kann, The Big Switch, Columbia Energy Exchange, and Watt it Takes. Its production of Where the Internet Lives for Google won two Webby Awards in 2022, including Best Technology Podcast and People’s Voice Winner, Technology Podcast. Its production of A Matter of Degrees was a bronze winner in the inaugural Anthem Awards in 2022. Post Script Media is based in Boston, MA, with a team of audio professionals located throughout the U.S.