The Next Closet is a Dutch marketplace for second hand designer fashion. The company validates all clothing for quality and authenticity so you can buy authenticated designer fashion for a fraction of the price. Buying second hand is always better than buying new, even from a very sustainable brand. The fashion industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world. The manufacturing of clothing requires materials, water, energy and chemicals and is often at risks of violating labor rights and animal welfare. Then there’s packaging, transportation and other impacts you don’t even think about. While packaging and transportation still happens when you buy second hand, at least you buy a pre-owned piece of clothing for which no new production is needed. It's noteworthy though that The Next Closet offsets transportation emissions and is making packaging as sustainable as it can be by eliminating things like plastic tape and tags. The Next Closet will also soon be introducing biodegradable shipping bags. This makes buying second hand the most sustainable thing you can do to reduce your climate impact. There are a lot of great initiatives like The Next Closet where you can buy amazing items for a great price. Because you never know what you’re going to find, it can be fun as well! Consider it a treasure hunt. Let’s get thrifting!