You receive several benefits by choosing to shop at a thrift store: you spend less of YOUR money and have the chance to develop a unique style that is all YOURS! But did you ever stop to think about the benefits that go beyond you? By choosing to purchase reused clothing, you’re helping the environment. Give yourself a little pat on the back.
By purchasing and wearing pre-worn items, you’re decreasing the quantity of pollution and waste that adversely affect the environment. If more people with your mindset shopped at secondhand stores then there’d be fewer new items being produced. This decrease would drastically reduce the amount of energy, toxic chemicals and petroleum being released into the environment and atmosphere.
Ninety-eight percent of the clothing that is bought in the United States is from foreign countries (ABC News). This means that brand new items travel a HUGE distance to reach the racks of the department stores. When you purchase a reused piece of clothing you are eliminating the travel time/transportation pollution that a newly produced item would need after being manufactured.
Items sold in thrift stores are durable. How do I know? They’re durable because they lasted through their first user in a good enough condition to be accepted and sold by a thrift store. Instead of being a piece of garbage lying useless in a landfill somewhere, these items are hanging on a rack awaiting their second or third user. Another great thing is that thrift store items lack unessential packaging. Most of the time, items in thrift stores include no kind of plastic wrapping or cardboard boxes at all. However, new items, whether purchased in-store or online are being suffocated by mounds of plastic, cardboard, tissues or tags that inevitabily end up in the trash.
So you see? Now when you walk out of a thrift store, you’ll have a big smile on your face for three solid reasons. Reason #1: you just saved yourself some hard-earned money. Reason #2: you just purchased a new style that no one else will have. Reason #3: you’re doing your part to preserve the environment, and all you did was a little secondhand shopping.