Shopping in thrift stores, consignment stores, second-hand liquor sales, and other online second-hand catalogs is not only for hipsters and environmentalists. This is a viable solution for anyone who wants to achieve environmental protection on a small scale.
- This saves you money. Thrifty clothes are much cheaper than brand new products of the same quality.
- Buy wisely. You tend to spend more time reviewing each item instead of buying one item directly.
- Unique discovery. Almost no one else is walking around wearing the same clothes, shoes, or accessories as you.
- Create potential. You will be inspired to try new combinations and even DIY reconstructions.
How Does Thrift Shopping Help the Environment?
Reduce clothing in landfills
Every year, more than 10 million tons of clothing are thrown into landfills in the United States. The development of the fashion industry is faster than expected. Retailers no longer release new clothes every quarter as before, but sell new styles at lower prices almost every week.
Now we buy clothes that are easily damaged or out of date. Studies have shown that 60% of the clothes made in the world are made of synthetic materials, including plastics. After being thrown away, they usually sit in a landfill for several years. Recycling by shopping in thrift stores can help isolate plastic in landfills and reduce waste.
Reduce carbon footprint
From the transportation of raw materials to the production process and the disposal of waste products, textile manufacturing requires a lot of energy. When buying second-hand items in thrift stores, you will avoid wasting energy and other resources.
Help save water
In addition to energy, water consumption in each stage of clothing production is very high. For example, the pair of jeans you are wearing now requires approximately 1,800 gallons of water. Manufacturing, packaging, and transportation processes also add to this cost.
Reduce chemical pollution
About 90% of the cotton grown is genetically modified. They rely heavily on pesticides. In fact, 20% of the world’s pesticide use is used in cotton plants. These chemicals can pollute nearby water sources and cause soil acidification.
Textile manufacturing also involves the use of hazardous substances, caustic soda and crude oil by-products. These go directly into the river or lake. Finally, the production of synthetic fibers releases nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas 310 times stronger than carbon dioxide.
By switching to second-hand shopping, you can help reduce water and air pollution
It inspires green life
In addition to helping protect the environment, you can also serve as an inspiration for others. You can encourage others to donate and shop in thrift stores.
It promotes community development
In second-hand shopping, you are most likely to help local charities rather than multinational companies. In addition, a thrift store hires people including disabled workers to come to the store and donation center. This will help create more job opportunities and promote local economic development.
By simply turning to thrifty shopping, we are taking small steps towards building a better community. If you are lucky enough to choose between shopping in a designer’s retail store or thrift store, I suggest you consider this planet before choosing the latter.