The Second-Hand Clothing Crisis & Tommy Hilfiger’s Sustainability Initiative

Oct 16, 2020
Aimee Thompson




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COVID-19’s impact has been felt all over the globe in every aspect of our lives. Reuters recently released an article detailing COVID’s impact on second-hand fashion and recycling. As people continue purchasing clothing via eCommerce, second-hand retailers have seen a dramatic decline in foot traffic. This means bloated inventories, hardly any sales, and mass quantities of clothing headed to landfills around the globe.


Our 3 Key Takeaways:

1. In the current state of things, donating second-hand clothes is no longer a sustainable/green option
2. Lack of foot traffic through second-hand stores means significant financial loss. Many businesses will likely close and no longer be an option for the communities that rely on them for affordable clothing.
3. The immense excess of used clothing will likely be dumped in landfills around the globe further contributing to an already dangerous fashion waste crisis.


We know news like this can feel overwhelming, especially when you’re doing your best just to live your life, let alone live it sustainably. We’re not trying to discourage you, but we do want to keep you in the loop on fashion industry updates like this so you can make informed decisions in line with your values and sustainability goals.




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Popular brand, Tommy Hilfiger, is taking actionable steps towards becoming a more sustainable, inclusive brand. In the face of the mounting fashion waste crisis, Tommy Hilfiger has launched several initiatives around sustainability, inclusivity, and circularity. Their Make It Possible program aims to zero-out their negative impact by 2030!


Our 3 Key Takeaways:

1. Tommy Hilfiger is changing its approach to fashion. Their commitment to circularity means they’ll be producing items from recycled materials and have processes in place for customers to bring in former brand pieces for recycling.
2. They’re committed to being an inclusive brand. This means designing and producing quality clothes for everyone. This is HUGE as the brand’s faced backlash for association with racist comments in the past that left many with a bad taste in their mouths. At Stellari, we believe we can all be and do better, so we’re happy to hear about Tommy Hilfiger’s commitment to this initiative.
3. They want to become ZERO waste and have ZERO inventory. While they’re still discerning what this road looks like, they’re actively working towards solutions.


We love seeing BIG brands step up like this! It’s our hope that Tommy Hilfiger’s actions are a legitimate step towards sustainability and inclusivity, will inspire others to do the same, and serve as a reminder to brands (big and small) that it’s never too late to make positive changes. If we all focus on doing our part, we’re one step closer to the sustainable fashion future of our dreams!

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