We all know that thrift shopping has been an ongoing trend for a while now, but is it more than just a simple shopping trend? Thrifting can be both eco and wallet friendly, so how can this trend actually benefit the planet? Brand consultant for sustainability Rachel Kibbe says, "The only true sustainable way to shop is to not shop at all, unless you're buying clothes that [already] exist." So here's why we need to shift to thrifting and gear away from fast fashion:
Reduce clothing in landfills - About 60% of clothing made across the globe are made from plastic synthetic materials. Buying from a thrift store means that we’ll be keeping that plastic outside of the landfills
Less resources used and wasted - It takes about 1,800 gallons of water to make a single pair of jeans! Plus it generates greenhouse gases that equate to driving 80 miles. About 8 -10% of global carbon emissions comes straight from the fashion industry.
Decrease in pollution - Believe it or not there is a lot of pollution involved in the making of textiles such as cotton. Almost 20% of pesticides used globally are specifically for cotton production. Not to mention that the making and production of of synthetic materials which are used in making clothes emits nitrous oxide. As this greenhouse gas is released into the atmosphere it damages the o-zone layer and the environment .
Reduce climate impact - By thrifting you are reducing your carbon footprint. The average American throws away about 81 lbs of clothing a year, this means 26 Billions lbs of clothing going to landfills annually.
Help the community - In fact majority of thrift stores depend on your money in order to help them stay open. In turn, they can help the less fortunate communities and provide them with more affordable clothing to them.
It comes down the fact that thrifting is in fact a way of recycling. Co- owner of the thrift store Beacon's Closet Carrie Peterson states, " A lot of it comes down to consumer psychology. "Sometimes people just want the newest thing, to avoid what they perceive as the inferiority of secondhand goods." However, in reality there is not inferiority or superiority in thrifting or not it simply comes down to being eco-conscious or not. So let us all do our part and become more cautious in the way we shop and perhaps hit up your nearest thrift store to see what they have waiting for you.