More about thrifting

Textile waste is a growing problem, with 6000 kilograms of unwanted clothing being sent to landfill every 10 minutes in Australia. Thrifting is a great way to reduce textile waste in landfill and give clothes a second lease on life.

Quick facts

  • Almost a quarter of Australians have thrown away an item of clothing after wearing it just once.1
  • A quarter of Millennials have thrown away clothes because they are bored with wearing them.2
  • It can take 2700 litres of water to produce one cotton t-shirt.3
  • Australians buy an average of 27 kilograms of new textiles each year and then discard about 23 kilograms into landfill.4

By prolonging the life of existing clothing and shopping second-hand first, we can help save thousands of kilograms of textiles going to landfill. But second-hand doesn't have to mean second-best. You can still enjoy some retail therapy while doing your bit to keep Brisbane clean and green.

How you can help

Resist the fast-fashion trap and find new ways to revive and restyle what you already have. From shopping your wardrobe to colour blocking and pattern clashing, there's always a new way to restyle a much-loved look.

If you do get the urge to shop, hit up a local second-hand seller or op shop, hunt for a thrifted bargain online, hire online, or borrow something from a friend.

Brisbane is lucky is have a number of charity and second-hand retailers (including Council's two Treasure Troves) across the city to help you revive your style sustainably.

View our Reuse, upcycle and recycle trail map below for popular Brisbane second-hand precincts, your local Treasure Trove and resource recovery centres.

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Pre-loved and revived clothing tips

By prolonging the life of existing clothing, we can avoid sending textiles to landfill. Mending, altering and updating your clothes is another way to feel good about what you wear, while supporting sustainability.

When buying pre-loved fashion, remember:

  • to go in with an open mind and embrace the unexpected
  • classic clothing never dates - so invest in timeless pieces made from quality fabrics
  • the term 'retro' applies to clothing from 1970s and 1980s and 'vintage' applies to clothing made before 1970
  • you can replace buttons and zips
  • you can have hems altered
  • sizes vary between decades and regions, so ignore the label and try it on
  • dedicate enough time to enjoy the hunt
  • imagine how items will fit with pieces in your existing wardrobe
  • if the fabric is in good condition and you like the style, consider having it resized by a tailor or seamstress, or learn how to fix it yourself
  • feel good knowing revived fashion is unique, financially savvy and environmental sustainable.

Share your revived style

Share your revived style and help inspire others to shop second-hand by posting your finds on social media using the hastag #ReviveBNE.


  1. YourGov survey
  2. YourGov survey
  3. World Wildlife Fund
  4. Textile Beat
Last updated: 23 February 2021
Topics: thifting