Thrift shopping has become one of my favorite activities recently. I adore it so much! I’ve been learning a lot about the dangers of fast fashion, which is a huge reason why I started thrift shopping. Here are some issues with fast fashion;
- Out of the country manufacturers have less regulation and will dump harmful byproduct into rivers and lakes
- Transportation of goods from country to country causes a great increase of greenhouse gases into the air
- Synthetic fibers (made from oil, coal, or natural gas) produce 3x more carbon dioxide in its lifetime compared to cotton
- Those synthetic fibers make up over 60% of clothing, take decades to degrade, and are toxic to the environment
- As our desire for fast fashion increases, so does the supply, which leads to more detrimental waste…
& many, many more
I can’t say that I have completely cut out major clothing brands from my wardrobe. As a college student, it is more affordable to shop at a thrift store and get simple t-shirts and jackets, but sometimes I can’t find what I really need. Dresses, undergarments, and formal clothes are harder for me to find when thrift shopping. More casual items, such as plain t-shirts and jeans, are an important purchase for me when I thrift shop. Instead of paying $15-20 for a simple white t-shirt or $45 for a pair of ripped “mom-jeans”, I can buy them for 1/3 of the price at Savers, wash them, wear them knowing that they are just as good as the ones I would have bought from Urban Outfitters. It feels really good knowing that I’m doing some good for the environment. It might not be my whole wardrobe, but every bit counts!
I also wanted to share a few more items I recently purchased at Savers!
Calvin Klein T-Shirt – Retail $10-15 – Paid $4.99
Plain Black Belt – Not sure retail value – Paid $2.99
Multi-Colored Sweater – Retail $15-20 – Paid $6.99
Coliseum Blues Denim Shirt – Retail $20-30 – Paid $3.99
That’s everything I got at Savers!
What do you think about fast fashion?
Are you into thrift shopping?
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