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Secondhand by Adam Minter


Travels in the New Global Garage Sale

Adam Minter

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Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Publication date: 6 Feb 2020
ISBN: 9781635570106
4 stars out of 5
PD Smith
26 Feb 2020

"Minter’s original and well-written study offers a truly international perspective on how old stuff can be given a new lease of life"

But everywhere he hears a common complaint: new products suffer from poor quality. Globally the amount of clothing produced doubled from 2000 to 2015. But the average number of times a garment is worn before disposal has declined by 36%. This is a big problem for traders in secondhand goods. A shirt that pills after two or three washes or a set of particleboard shelves stuck together with glue can’t be resold: they’re dumped. The secondhand industry is both sustainable and profitable: its model of reuse predates “the environmental movement, the decluttering fad, and the oncoming flood of unwanted stuff from baby boomers”. Minter wants his book to shock readers into buying less stuff.