It's what all the cool kids are doing... or should be doing. But realistically, in a world where trends and cheap consumerism often take center stage, we get that it's hard to NOT give into the marketing for cheap item that is on trend. So this winter season, the impact and synergy of investing in quality and second-hand shopping cannot be overstated.
"Ski yours for one more season. A good pair of skis should last at least 100 days on snow. Choosing a high-quality ski can help reduce the total number of skis you consume in your lifetime" - Cyrus Schenck on Renoun.com
We dive into 3 benefits of investing in well-made, durable items and explore how second-hand shopping complements this mindset, creating a sustainable and economically conscious approach to consumerism.
Cost-Effective Sustainability: Choosing quality items and opting for second-hand goods go hand in hand when considering long-term cost savings and sustainability. While quality items provide durability and sustainable business practices, second-hand shopping extends the lifecycle of products, preventing them from ending up in landfills. This tandem approach not only saves you money but also aligns with environmentally conscious practices and brands.
"According to one German lifecycle assessment, the production of a single ski emits about 60 pounds of carbon (in comparison, burning one gallon of gasoline emits 20 pounds)." - Outside Magazine "The Push to Make the Ski Industry More Sustainable" A Local Circular Economy and Reduced Environmental Impact: Embracing quality and second-hand goods is a powerful step toward fostering a circular economy. By extending the life of well-crafted products through second-hand purchases, consumers actively participate in reducing the demand for new production, while also your dollar stays local and supports locals. (And who cares more about your community? The local mom and pop shop? Or the big box retailer?). Additionally, shopping used offers opportunity and access to brands that develop products with sustainable practices, to a demographic that might not be able to afford it "off the shelf". In the dream world, an item enters the life-cycle stream and serves multiple users throughout its product life. This reduction in manufacturing, materials, transportation, packaging, coupled with quality materials, significantly lessens the overall environmental impact.
The Thrifting Adventure: And finally... our favorite. The allure of second-hand shopping lies not only in its sustainability but also in the thrill of discovery. Unearthing high end treasures contribute to the ultimate dopamine rush. There's nothing better than the excitement that comes with the score of finding a rad item that would typically be out of your budget at a fraction of retail price. And we know it feels a whole lot better than ordering online and seeing the massive hit on the CC bill the following month.
This holiday season (and ski season) be an active part in the narrative of sustainable consumerism. Shopping used is not only make conscientious choices for your wallet... but a way to actively participate in a more sustainable and circular economy. Contemplate your needs and wants. Consider how the item you're investing in is being made and who's making it. And when you can... shop used first.
Gear Hut is a used gear shop in Reno, Nevada dedicated to keeping QUALITY used gear out of landfills. Our goal is to make adventure more accessible to our community by giving them the chance to shop sustainably at affordable prices.
**This article was drafted with help of Chatgpt and spiced up with personal touches of a caring human from a small business**