Happy Earth Day! My love for the environment is well-documented, starting as early as second grade. I’m not sure what the assignment was, but I wrote a “story” (all of four sentences) about how you will have more friends if you are kind to the Earth.
It will come as no surprise that I am a huge supporter of eco-fashion. Eco-conscious brands are becoming much easier to find as demand grows. One of the easiest ways to shop eco friendly is to thrift shop!
Did you know that Americans throw out an average of 68 pounds of clothings per person per year?
By shopping second-hand, you’re keeping a TON of product out of landfills. You’re also spreading out the carbon footprint of a product. When a product is manufactured, there are emissions from its creation and delivery. When the item is purchased for a second time, the initial environmental cost is eliminated.
I recently worked with Thrive Exchange to put together a spring outfit using their current inventory. Located in Somerville’s Davis Square, Thrive Exchange is in the middle of a vibrant area of the city. Their space is huge, and I spent quite a while going through each rack. I snagged this outfit for $20. Yes, that’s $20 for these like-new J.Crew shorts, a cute Loft tank in a springy color, and a mini backpack. The clothes are in great condition, and so great for the warmer temps of mid-spring!
The U.S. EPA estimates that textile waste occupies nearly 5% of all landfill space.
You can grab awesome clothes at a fraction of the price at Thrive Exchange, as well as getting rid of your unwanted items. You can donate, consign, or trade your items – whichever method works best for you! They’re always looking for new items, so bring in your unwanted clothes, home goods, shoes, and accessories.
Textile reuse and recycling has the second highest potential environmental impact on reducing greenhouse gases compared to other recyclables. Recycling 2.3 million tons of clothing per year is the equivalent of removing 1.3 million cars from U.S. roads.*
A number of thrift stores partner with charities, so your purchase is actually a double-whammy of good karma. Thrive Exchange partners with National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and donates a portion of their sales directly to this organization.
Shopping second hand is a great way to find a cool look at while saving money and keeping items out of the waste stream. I mean, if that’s not a win-win-win, then I don’t know what is!
* Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: Facts and Figures 2013. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Thanks to Jeff at Thrive Exchange for inviting me to come check out the awesome space and pick out an outfit! And thank you to my readers for supporting brands that support Champagne Thursday.