You reap multiple benefits when you thrift: you spend less and develop a unique style. Did you ever think about the benefits that go beyond you? By choosing to buy reused clothing you’re helping the environment. Yay!
By wearing pre-worn clothes, you’re decreasing the amount of pollution and waste in the environment. If more people shopped at secondhand stores, there’d be fewer newly-produced items. This would drastically reduce the amount of energy, toxic chemicals and petroleum 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. They’re durable because they lasted through their first user in good enough condition to be accepted by a thrift store. Instead of rotting in a landfill, they’re hanging on a rack waiting for their next owner. Another great thing is thrift store items lack packaging. These items include no kind of plastic wrapping or cardboard boxes because they’ve already been used. However new items are suffocated with plastic, cardboard, tissues or tags that all end up in the trash.
So you see? Now when you choose pre-worn over new, you’ll be proud of:
- Saving a buttload of money
- Sporting a style all your own
- Helping preserve the environment – in your own way!