Happy Earth Day, everyone! As many of you know, I’m on a journey of living purposefully, and I thought this would be the perfect time to check-in with you guys. It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of thrift shopping. [You’ve probably seen a lot of the outfits in my posts.] But it turns out that thrifting could be the key to saving the planet.
I’ve made it my goal to live purposefully in all aspects of life this year. Mainly that means buying and using things that are good for my body, my wallet, and the world. Because fashion and beauty purchases get so much of my money, it meant making some big changes to the items that I buy. My biggest life change was shopping at thrift stores. Not only am I saving money and giving back to charity (when shopping at places like Salvation Army and GoodWill), I’m also helping with the global waste problem as well.
According to Newsweek, only about 20 percent of clothing donated to stores like Salvation Army, resulting in part of the 80 percent of unwanted clothing ending up in landfills every year. I want to change that. You can find some incredible, even trendy clothing at secondhand shops. Don’t believe me? Just look at some of the outfits in this post.
I understand that not everyone has the time to pick through secondhand clothing racks, but the problem is bigger than you may think. Clothing production has been linked to global warming, according to Forbes. The publication found that the apparel industry is the second largest industrial polluter — second only to oil. Let that sink in for a moment.
Is that designer bag or collection of fast fashion items in your closet really worth it? I’ll let you decide that answer for yourself, but for me it’s not. I’ve felt so much better about my purchases lately, and, since much of the clothing is so cheap, I can try out tons of different trends without breaking the bank. It turns out you can do it all — it just takes a little more time.
Would you believe me, if I told you this dress was only $1.99? Well, it was! The haltered and striped petal-layered dress looked almost brand new when I picked it up from the thrift store. Not only did I get an on-trend and super comfy dress, but I gave it a new life by wearing it instead of buying something new. That’s what thrifting is all about.
If we can cut down on the amount of clothing we buy from department and fashion fashion stores, which are, more often than not, contributing to this global crisis just by over-producing clothing, we can control global warming. Whether it’s using apps like Vinted and thredUP to sell clothing, buying from thrift stores, or shopping at flea markets, every little bit matters. Because making the world a better place for generations to come is way more important than that crop top you’ve been eyeing up.