Sustainable procuring in Bengaluru: The surging reputation of secondhand items

Abinaya Kalyanasundaram, a contract journalist, lately moved to Bengaluru. She had a restricted price range to arrange her 2BHK condominium. Fridge, furnishings, mattress, kitchen home equipment… there have been fairly just a few issues she wanted to purchase. And getting every little thing model new, she realised, would burn a gap in her pockets. So, as per her buddy’s recommendation, she determined to purchase secondhand. Abinaya signed up on a classifieds web site, joined Fb and WhatsApp teams and reached out to her pals on her social media pages. A few month later, her home is now totally furnished. It value her ₹22,000, considerably lesser than if she had introduced every little thing model new.

Increasingly more individuals like Abinaya, who transfer to Bengaluru for employment, schooling, or different functions, don’t favor to put money into new items. Secondhand items present flexibility, permitting them to amass crucial gadgets at decrease costs and promote or cross them on once they ultimately transfer to a different location. And saving cash is simply one of many causes, albeit an essential one, for secondhand procuring; additionally it is sustainable for the atmosphere and is quick turning into a development, particularly with clothes and residential decor.

“My foremost motive for getting secondhand is the associated fee. I additionally like a selected aesthetic. As an illustration, I might have gotten solely a plain plywood desk with my price range. Thanks to purchasing secondhand, I might get an previous teakwood desk, which additionally appears good,” says Abinaya.


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Availability of platforms

The rise of on-line platforms and marketplaces devoted to purchasing and promoting secondhand items has made it simpler for individuals in Bengaluru to entry a variety of used gadgets. Platforms together with OLX, Quikr, and Fb Market present handy channels for people to attach and commerce their secondhand belongings. A number of environmentally aware communities are sprouting on Whatsapp and Instagram, enabling secondhand procuring.

ByeBuy, a Whatsapp group based by Mukesh Mishra, encourages individuals to purchase much less. The group, began this February, has over 800 members. Aside from shopping for and promoting used items, individuals within the group can even lend or borrow or trade issues. “Say, if somebody wants a tent to go tenting, they message on the group. If another person has it, they’ll borrow and return it after utilizing it. Or if somebody has a bicycle they don’t use anymore, they’ll put it on the group and provides it away free of charge or a nominal worth,” says Mukesh. “The shopping for and promoting are allowed solely on weekends. We attempt to cut back shopping for as a lot as potential.”

Offline, too, extra avenues for secondhand procuring can be found in comparison with a decade in the past. Flea markets, storage gross sales, and thrift shops have gotten extra widespread within the metropolis. Re-Retailer, began in 2017, has secondhand garments, footwear, toys, and residential décor gadgets. “During the last six years, we’re seeing a big surge in individuals who wish to purchase secondhand stuff. In reality, on our Instagram web page, we get orders from smaller cities round Bengaluru like Udupi, and so forth.,” says Devyani Trivedi, the founder. 

Nayana Premnath, who has been primarily purchasing for pre-owned gadgets since 2015 (80% of her home items, she claims, are used items), additionally sees a rise within the prevalence of the secondhand tradition. “Although Indian cities shouldn’t have a thrift retailer or flea market tradition, just a few are arising in Bangalore. However on-line, there are undoubtedly extra people who find themselves going for pre-owned gadgets. This development has been rising rather a lot, particularly for garments,” she says.

A pop-up thrift fashion store at a restaurant in Bengaluru

A pop-up thrift vogue retailer at a restaurant in Bengaluru
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Type and sustainability

The thrift tradition is as a lot of vogue as it’s of perform, particularly for the youthful technology. Most of Devyani’s clientele for garments are Gen Zs. “I feel they see it as an alternative choice to quick vogue. They will discover some distinctive items of garments for inexpensive costs. They’re additionally conscious it’s a sustainable possibility,” says Deyani.

Over the previous few years, thrifting has gained traction as a serious vogue development, with many influencers and celebrities showcasing their thrift outfits and selling sustainable vogue decisions. The enchantment of thrift vogue lies in its affordability, sustainability, and the chance to curate a novel and private type.

All this augurs effectively for waste administration corporations like Saahas Zero Waste, which attempt to create a zero-waste world by means of a round financial system. “Our focus is at all times to elongate the lifetime of the fabric we get,” says Astha Khubele, who works at Saahas. “We encourage individuals to reuse and restore earlier than going to the recycling stage. And we additionally upcycle. So, we work with a number of teams, the place we give them previous supplies and prepare them to make new merchandise. So, these previous supplies get a brand new life.”

Mrudula Joshi, who runs Ullisu, a web-based platform that promotes minimising waste technology, reckons upcycling can resolve the issue of individuals wanting down on used gadgets.

In line with Mukesh, individuals’s mindset of pre-owned items is slowly altering. “It’s only a query of affordability. Many members of my group are prosperous sufficient to purchase new issues, however they select to not.”

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