Recycling Fashion (And Just About Everything Else)

While we love being in the women’s resale clothing business for MANY reasons, one of the biggies is that it has a lighter environmental footprint than new clothing. For example, did you know that buying a resale designer handbag can save 18 pounds of carbon from being emitted into our atmosphere? Reusing an item that has already been produced is almost always better for the environment than manufacturing or creating a new one. There are many good reasons to buy used goods. 

Also on our radar is to go paperless with our consignor agreements. Going digital will save a lot of paper. We try to use recycled paper when possible, but no paper is better! Don’t worry, you’ll still get a receipt for your consignment every time. After all, we need something to put with your consignment for us to keep track, too! Once we figure out the technology part of the equation,  we’ll eliminate the account set up paperwork, though.

We have several agenda items at Here We Go Again this year to reduce our resource usage further. It’s long been our goal to greatly reduce the amount of plastic we use. While it will be impossible to completely eliminate it, we’re re-examining our plastic supplies and re-envisioning how to replace them. Step One: we will eliminate our use of plastic earring cards, after using up our existing stock. We’ll be switching to cardboard, which can be recycled! 

Our new earring card design!

Our paper bags have always been made from recycled paper, and if you are lucky enough to have one of our magical 25-year anniversary tote bags, those are made from recycled materials as well. We look for durable and reusable bags that can be used over and over-which is the only way that reusable bags are preferable to plastic, believe it or not. 

They’re magical!

Our new body lotions have delightful all naturally-derived fragrances, infused with Vitamin A, C & E. Not only do they feel fantastic on your skin, but they are also Paraben and Phthalate-free! Yes, we do sell them in plastic bottles, BUT…now you can bring the bottle back to us for reuse. We’ll wash and sanitize before sending them back into circulation. Even better? When you return your bottle, we’ll take $1.00 off your next one!

Oregon is celebrating Earth Month this year, reckoning that we should be giving the environment more than a day’s worth of attention. Although we may be a bit late to the party this year, we couldn’t agree more!

Join us on Earth Day, Monday, April 22nd, 2019. Both stores will be donating 10% of our sales for the day to Depave, one of our favorite local environmental organizations. Help us support their great work eliminating overpaved spaces and creating nature-friendly gardens and play spaces.

Author: Chris Gauger

Chris is a self-confessed resale fashionista. A fashion recycler from an early age, she learned the consignment business from her mother, Jan Gauger, at omt divine resale in Lincoln, Nebraska. Chris moved to Portland, Oregon in 1990 and immediately felt at home, among her people. She started Here We Go Again Deluxe Resale Boutique in 1992 and has never looked back. The second location of her store opened in 1997. Chris loves pretty much everything about clothes and fashion, but she has a serious boot and shoe addiction that is fed by the two stores. It's doubtful she will ever be recovered. In addition to clothes, Chris loves mentoring young women and teaching them about what it takes to run and manage a small business. She has employed some pretty remarkable women over the years and is grateful for all they've done to help grow Here We Go Again. She is a Hoosier by birth, but was raised in Nebraska. She has two sisters who continue to run the consignment store there, and one brother who has sense enough to stay out of the way. Her husband of twenty-seven years, is a land use planner and the fix-anything-guru that Chris relies upon more often than she'd like.

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