After shopping, I came home and threw my new treasure bag on the couch to show my friend Mike.
I'd like to tell you something about Mike: The guy has the same pair of jeans since 2014 and has a pair of crocs for each season (his winter couple is fuzzy-lined and I'm 15 steps behind him regularly, if he wears these giants in public). And although he is clearly not a fashionista, every time I go shopping sparingly, he is usually excited and intrigued by my finds .
After showing him my vintage sweater by Levi and Vince, both of whom were delighted With an enthusiastic thumb, I held up my most valuable find of the day, a pair of impeccable leggings from Girlfriend Collective. "Training pants? Burn this ," he said with more concern than Snark.
Before you take all Team Mike on me, listen to me:
Working out is inherently expensive when you start betting on prices for boutique classes, outfits, sports bags, grippy socks and extra gear like yoga mats and put together cute water bottles on new sports bras. Apart from that, I also appreciate the quality and longevity of the cheaper sports brands ̵
With this mentality, I have confidently bought and sold used workout clothes many times without hesitation. That was until Mike suggested I put my new pants on fire.
Suddenly, I was not so sure: Are used workout clothes disgusting? Am I disgusting?
I talked to friends who I personally saw sprinting antelope on antique flea markets like cheetahs to buy 80s jeans and wool sweaters with pills. To my surprise, the same women told me that they would never buy used sportswear.
While I can understand the potential of rudeness (I'm putting the limit on bathing suits.) I'm not wild!), Much of the active clothing and – here's the buzzword – sports you're on the market are previously unworn. Poshmark and ThredUp, both buying and selling used clothing platforms, have categories dedicated exclusively to NWT ("New With Tags"). A quick search on ThredUp delivers over 9,000 new active apparel, many discounting more than 50 percent. Convinced
If you go shopping in second-hand stores like Goodwill or Buffalo Exchange, this is probably the training clothes are (at least) used gently. While sweat is mostly water and not very "sprouted", I understand it – it can still be funny to put on leggings that tell you that another woman has squatted while sweating.
But Eric Leland DO of Summa Akron City Hospital says, "The only thing you could think about is mushroom and yeast, and as long as the clothes are at a high enough level Every bacterium dies and you are fine. "After all, the risk of buying used workout clothes is no greater than the risk of buying used second-hand clothes. If you really stop thinking, you have tried anything that you try on in a store previously tried on by countless others.
Like any other used product, give it a good deal.
When in a store, look at the most vulnerable areas of the piece (think leggings), thigh, crotch) to make sure the fabric is not worn. Check for pilling and make sure that the waist or bra band is not stretched by gently pulling on it to see if it snaps back into place.
At the doctor's advice, you want to make sure that your clothes reach a temperature of at least 150 degrees before wearing them, killing off bacteria, germs, or bed bugs (sorry, we had to go there.) The bulk Active wear is made of synthetic fabric (polyester, nylon, spandex, acrylic and acetate) that does not shrink at high temperatures and can even be cooked before washing. For additional odor removal, sprinkle the laundry with soda and let it rest for about an hour before washing.
Being a well-known disinfectant, you can also attack potential bacteria by placing half a cup of distilled white vinegar in the washing machine, which helps remove annoying smells and clothing soften. Do not panic: the acrid of the vine leaves quickly, so you do not go into the spin class and smell of salt and vinegar chips (delicious, but not a great way to find workout buddies). Always dry clothes in the hottest environment of the dryer.
Aside from the obvious financial benefits, the purchase of Activewear is also a way to bring the world in a more sustainable direction.
Not my own horn, but I bought leggings from second-hand recycled material, which is about as environmentally friendly as you can not get without making them from composted banana peels. (Wait … I stand for something? )
And some companies are jumping on the reuse / recycle line: Patagonia is offering a program called "Worn Wear" in which Shopping discounted can easily wear Patagonia gear or you can donate your old Patagonia clothing and get a credit that can be used for new gear. The North Face has a similar program called "Clothes the Loop" where you can donate unwanted clothes or shoes (it can be any brand). The North Face will send the clothes to their non-profit partner Soles4Souls and give you $ 10 of every purchase over $ 100.
But hey, if you buy used clothes, that's not okay!
After all, there are many organizations and people like me who like to take your hands off. If you're thinking of running a mile in someone else's leggings, is not disgusting, then see for yourself! You could save a pretty cheap penny on quality equipment while helping our planet. Mike and I agreed that if he withdrew his Crocs, I would not buy used workout clothes anymore. So what is never to be said.
Grace Gallagher is a freelance writer based in Portland, Oregon. She is a lover of coffee, thrift stores, salt, poetry, cooking contests on television, and workouts that lie down. You can see more of her work at www.gracelgallagher.com.