Around a hundred billion new garments are being made each year to meet the demands of global consumers. And hardly worn clothes are piling up in the landfill. However, some are being donated to charitable second-hand shops to supply essential services for the most disadvantaged in society.
In her early sixties, Vietnam-born Hanh first entered the world of second-hand shopping when she arrived in Australia over thirty years ago.
Hanh volunteers two days a week at Vinnies in Brisbane’s West End.
“When we first came here, we all poor, so certain budget. You have to find a way to get through so I’ve started learning and then friends say, ‘why don’t you visit op shop or second-hand shop? You might find things you know it’s good too.’”
Decades on, her situation has vastly improved but Hanh is still a strong supporter of sustainable shopping.
She says it’s about reusing and recycling goods rather than seeing them go to waste.
“The fashion I found, it will be repeated like a lot of clothes I bought 30 years ago and now the fashion come(s) back. The thing is I can reuse it and I still become (a) fashion now. Just one thing that you have to keep your body shape still the same!”