Thrift It

Thrifting is one of the most fun ways to keep yourself green without even realizing it. The concept of purchasing a new sweater whenever we want one often doesn’t come with much consideration for the environment. After all, what do new clothes have to do with the Earth? And how could a trip to the local Goodwill possibly shrink one’s footprint?

I love new stuff.

I wish that it weren’t true but the consumerist in me just won’t die. The moment a craving hits for a new sweater to bundle up in I hit the internet and thumb through sites in search of the best possible deals. It’s a sickness. I don’t want to put clothing manufacturers out of business, but I hardly think that will be an issue when there are so many things that we want to buy firsthand. Socks, underwear, even leggings, they’re much more personal than a pair of jeans or a sweatshirt.

According to an article published by the United Nations in September of 2018, the fashion industry has a bigger, dirtier, footprint than you might expect.

The fashion industry, including the production of all clothes which people wear, contributes to around 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions due to its long supply chains and energy intensive production. … Cumulatively, the fashion industry produces about 20% of global waste water.

When you thrift a sweater, you prevent that one piece of clothing from going into the landfill. Although that one act might not seem so big, when you consider that the average American throws away 81 pounds of clothing every year, it adds up. In addition to saving a little green on Earth, this is yet another eco-friendly tip that can keep a little green in your pocket. As I was flipping through the internet catalogs of cheap sweaters, I found it hard to find a single one for less than $15 that wasn’t made of t-shirt material. At the thrift store, I pulled out a whopping four thick sweaters and a soft, new flannel for just $14 and change.

So thankful for friends that keep my desire to thrift alive.

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