“Trend: Thrift Store Shopping – Save The Environment and Money”

Consignment and thrift shopping reduces the carbon footprint while reusing items and saving shoppers money.

HellaWella, the new health website that combines well-informed information with humor and personality, has uncovered the latest trend in sustainability – saving the environment by thrift store shopping.

Say what?!

According to the Association of Resale Professionals, the number of thrift and consignment stores has increased by 7% for the past two years and about 16% to 18% of Americans shop at thrift stores in any give year and 12% to 15% shop at consignment shops.

To put that in perspective according to America’s Research Group about 19.6% shop at apparel stores and 21.3% at department stores.

While shoppers are rushing to thrift and consignment stores in order to save money they are also doing their part to save the environment:

ABC News estimates that 98% of the clothing purchased in the U.S. comes from abroad. That means that a sweater hanging on the rack at a department store traveled thousands of miles, using up energy and polluting the planet with coal and natural gas along its way to the store and ultimately an American closet.

In contrast buying second-hand clothing produces a significantly smaller carbon footprint:

The only carbon emissions associated with that sweater is the fuel it took the donator and the shopper to drive to the store.
Packaging associated with brand new items often ends up in landfills.

Taking the above into consideration, buying and using gently worn clothing follows one of the principals of the environmental friendliness: reuse. It also keeps those items out of landfills. Consignment and thrift shopping reduces the carbon footprint while reusing items and saving shoppers money.

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  • Rulissa on March 13, 2012

    I never thought of shopping at the thrift store as being environmentally friendly. I just thought of it as a way to get cheap crafting supplies, and gently worn NAME BRAND clothes for my family. Looks like I’m not alone!

    • Modern Day Moms on March 13, 2012


      Looking at it this way does make it a little more appealing too. :)


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