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How Sustainable Is The Fabric In My Clothes?

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How Sustainable Is The Fabric In My Clothes?

Have you ever asked yourself  ‘How sustainable is the fabric in my clothes?’ As a keen sewist and someone who makes my own clothes, I have always been aware of the fibres in the fabric that I buy, and have definitely got certain fabric types that I prefer to sew with. However, another important consideration for me is where my cloth is made and how eco friendly it is. 

As a planet, we seem to have found ourselves with a clothes consumption habit. Do you want to know which fabrics are the worst for the planet? And which cloth you should be demanding that the fashion industry use in their products?

Well read on, because in this post I am going to discuss which fabrics you should be looking for, which to avoid at all costs, and which ones you may think are environmentally sound, but actually are not! Here is your guide to choosing clothes that are better for the planet.

How Sustainable Is The Fabric In My Clothes?

‘Fast Fashion’ has definitely been one of the buzz words of the last few years. But I do still think that people do not really consider the clothes that they buy and wear to be a part of the ecological issues facing the planet that we live on.

There is a lot of talk at the moment about how environmentally unfriendly the fashion industry is. A lot of the mass produced clothes that we buy are made in Asia, China and underdeveloped countries. Labour is cheap, and there are not always the best working conditions and practices. Plus, the fabric the clothes are made from is also produced in these areas. The clothes may not be ethically made nor eco friendly.

Do you know how your clothes have been made?

Why Cloth Consumption Is Such A Bad Habit

In recent years, and particularly over the past year during Coronavirus, people have made more purchases of clothes from online sellers than ever. Profits from some of the cheap clothes producers have hit record highs.

But a sad side effect of this is that as a planet we are throwing away more clothes than ever. It is estimated that £140 million of clothing goes to landfill each year! And a lot of clothes makers have little consideration for the ecological effects of their production methods. They just want to make the most profits.

So as consumers, what can we do to try and slow down this clothes consumption habit we have found ourselves in? Well, certainly we should be starting to look at how sustainable the fabrics that we buy are. How sustainable the fabric is in our clothes.

And what we can do as consumers to drive the clothes manufacturers to produce more of what is better for the planet. So –

  • which fabrics should we be buying?
  • what fabrics should we stop buying?
  • which fabrics should we limit? and
  • which fabrics seem ecologically sound, but really are being ‘greenwashed’?

The Clothes Fibres To Definitely Avoid

It is easiest to start with this group. Most of them are probably the most obvious. And we should definitely stop buying clothes if we see these fabrics on the label.

Polyester, Nylon and Acrylic

Made with plastic fibres from a petroleum base, these fabrics won’t degrade for between 20 to 200 years. And they use very harmful chemicals in their production.

Plus, washing these fabrics releases microfibres at each wash – polluting the oceans and getting into the food chain. Avoid buying new fabrics that contain these fibres. And avoid polyester blends – poly cotton, polyester jersey etc.

Consider buying recycled polyester from plastic bottles or nets – but there is still the problem of microfibres being released when washing.

PVC

PVC and fake leather are made with a heavy chemical process. A lot of plastic is made to coat the fabric fibres, and there are usually phthalates in the product. As such it is the most unsustainable fabric.

Velvet

Velvet used to be made from silk fibres, but now is mostly made from a mix of synthetic and natural fibres, usually polyester based.

Even real silk is not sustainable (see below) So unless you know that it is vegan silk velvet, it is best to avoid. 

Glitter Or Sequinned Garments or Cloth

It may seem obvious, but cloth that has glitter or sequinned cloth has added plastic pieces. In the case of glittered fabric, this plastic releases so many more microfibres when washed, so needs to be avoided at all costs!

Fur and Leather 

From an ethical point of view, fur and leather can never be seen as an environmentally friendly choice, even as a by product of the food industry. There are many arguments in place about how moving to a plant based diet would be so much better for the planet.

Fake Fur

But as well as avoiding the real thing, fake fur should be avoided. It is made of plastic. 

Fleece

As with polyester, PVC and nylon, fleece is made with PET plastic. And it releases a whole load of microfibres when washed. 

You can buy recycled fleece – but again this does release microfibres.

Silk

Silk may be a natural product, made from the secretions of the silk worm. But the intensive way that it is harvested, and the killing of the silk worm in the process certainly mean that the production of this highly prized luxury fabric is certainly not a sustainable process. 

Furthermore, the working conditions of those producing a lot of the fabric in developing countries tends to be very poor, with almost slave labour practices. 

Cashmere and Angora Wool

Cashmere is made from goat wool, and angora from the fur of Angora rabbits or goats. The resulting fibres are often mixed with sheets wool to produce a blended product.

Whilst you may think of these both as natural fibres that do not involve killing the animals to produce, in actual fact the production of these fibres often involves cruel and unethical practices. Especially in the Chinese producing factories.

The animals are kept in cramps and unhygienic conditions, and treated very poorly. Definitely unsustainable from an ethical point of view.

Clothes Fibres To Be Wary Of – They May Seem Green Or Natural – But They Are Not!

Although these clothes fibres are natural, they certainly aren’t sustainable fabrics, and so it is better to limit your consumption of these, or definitely buy recycled or organic versions.

Greenwashing has become another buzz word over the last few years. Greenwashing is when the clothes manufacturer tries to make out that they are using natural and ethically produced cloth or partaking in greener recycling methods. But actually the cloth or products aren’t much more eco friendly than their fast fashion comrades. 

So what clothing fibres seem natural or green, but may not be that sustainable really? It is certainly worth taking a closer look when buying these fabrics.

Cotton

As a natural fibre, you would think that cotton would be incredibly sustainable. But you would be wrong.

Most cotton is intensively grown, with a lot of toxic pesticides and workers in poor conditions. Then the fibre and resulting cloth is chemically treated and produced in factories with poor ethical working and pay conditions. 

Furthermore, the water needed to create cotton garments is highly intensive. One pair of jeans needs up to 20,000 gallons of water to make. A single t-shirt can take 3000 gallons of water to produce. This just is not sustainable.

Yes, you can buy Oeto-Tek organic cotton, which is GOTS certified (Global Organic Textile Standard),  but at the end of the day, it is better to buy recycled cotton.

Denim

Similarly, denim is also cotton, so has the same chemical, pesticide and highly intensive energy consumption issues, making it just as unsustainable as cotton. But it has the added process of often needing to be sandblasted during production. This process is high risk and is often carried out by workers in poor conditions. Making denim just as unsustainable.

Again, look for denim with GOTS certification. Or buy recycled.

Viscose / Rayon

Viscose (or rayon) is made from the wood pulp of fast growing beech, pine, sugar cane and eucalyptus plants. So again you would think that this is a great sustainable fabric source.

But harvesting this wood is also the cause of a lot of deforestation in the areas that produce it. So look for viscose from sustainable forest sources. FSC certified. If it does not have this guarantee or mark, then it probably is not from a sustainable source.

Wool

Again, you think wool and you think about sheep who are still alive after being sheared. It is a natural, breathable fibre.

But the production of wool does have some environmental effect on the planet and ethical impact on the animal. Controversial shearing practices and whether the sheep are treated well mean that wool is not necessarily as sustainable an option as you may think.

I would consider buying reused, recycled or preloved wooden products. And looking after them well.

Bamboo

One of the biggest supposed eco friendly revolutions of the past few years has been rise of bamboo incorporation into fabrics. It seems very eco friendly.

However, a lot of the production of bamboo for the clothing industry comes from China, so we know very little of whether it is grown sustainably. We do not know how energy efficient its production is, or whether the workers producing it are treated ethically, fairly or even paid properly.

Peace Silk

Peace silk may seem more sustainable and eco friendly, as the silkworm is not killed during production of the fibre. But the production of this cloth is still very energy and emissions intensive, so it thus cannot be classed as being a sustainable fabric source.

Modal

Modal is a very popular fabric now. It is a semi-synthetic viscose material that is soft and drapes as well as viscose. It can be made with 100% Tencel, which is a sustainable fabric (see below). But it is often also mixed with less environmentally friendly fabrics. So it is best to take a close look before purchasing clothing made of this. Make sure it is 100% Tencel Modal.

So – What Fabric Fibres Should I Be Buying?

Choosing these fabrics are a great way of making the clothes in your wardrobe more sustainable. The materials used to make them are manufactured or grown healthily.

They are good for the economy, and less waste and emission producing. Their manufacture tends to involve more ethical production methods, with workers being paid a living wage and having good working conditions. And so all round they benefit the planet rather than stripping it of energy and resources.

Maybe if you have a favourite brand it is worth asking them if they can produce clothing using these fabrics in the future?

Linen

Linen is made of fibres from the flax plant, and this material has been around for centuries. As an organic fibre, it actually requires minimal water and pesticides to grow a strong plant. It grows even in poor soil. The resulting cloth is strong, cool, resists moths and is fully biodegradable, particularly when no synthetic dyes have been used. It is an amazingly sustainable fabric source.

Hemp

Like linen, hemp has also been used for hundreds of years. And like linen, the hemp plant needs little water and pesticides to grow well. It also can grow in poor soil; even fertilising the soil in which it grows! It too is incredibly sustainable as a natural cloth making fibre.

Nettle, Jute and Rame

Nettle, Jute and Rame are also plant based cloth fibres. Like hemp and flax, they are very fibrous plants that grow in poor conditions and are strong fibres, and are perfect for producing sustainable crops for cloth making. I am sure that we will see a whole lot more of these in cloth production in the future.

Tencel

Tencel is made with cellulose fibres, a wood pulp. It requires less water and energy to produce. It is antibacterial and wicks water away from the wearer, so it is great for active wear..

Piñatex®

Pinatex is made by Ananas Anam – and is a vegan leather alternative made by the natural byproducts of pineapple harvesting methods for the food industry.

The faux leather is made using pineapple leaf fibres. And the company also have a very ethical relationship with the communities involved in the growth and harvest of pineapples.

Econyl

Econyl is made by Italian company AquaFil. They are regenerating industrial synthetic waste such as fishing nets and waste fabric into a new nylon fibre. It takes less waste and energy to produce the new plastic, so hence this is more sustainable. However, the resulting fabric does still shed micro plastics, so it is best washed in a Guppyfriend Bag

Vegan Silk

Unlike real silk and peace silk, vegan silk is microsilk – a man made made material that is spun from natural based fibres. it is made by Bolt Threads who also make Mylo – a sustainable leather substitute that is made from mycelium, or a fungus type material.

frienRecycled Cotton and Denim

Recycled cotton and denim are definitely the best and only true sustainable versions of this fabric. Recycling cotton is relatively easy, and needs reduced water and emissions. And means less cotton going to landfill.

Recycled Polyester, Recycled Fleece And Recycled Plastic Products

A lot of manufacturers are now using recycled polyester, recycled plastic bottles and fishing netting. But do be aware that these still release microfibres of plastic when washed. So it is best to use a Guppyfriend wash bag that catches the plastic particles.

How Do You Check What Fibres Your Cloth Is Made From?

  • Read the label in the clothing.
  • Ask the seller of the cloth what the fabric is made from. If they cannot tell you, walk away.
  • If buying online, check the description well for the full fibre content. Sellers should be able to tell you this.

And How Do I Make The Clothing In My Wardrobe More Sustainable?

I am not saying at all that you should throw all the clothes in your wardrobe away. But that in future we all need to buy a little more responsibly and buy smarter. 

Only by voting with our dollars and pounds will we get the clothes manufacturers to change their ways. If we all stopped buying the mass produced, cheap and unenvironmentally unfriendly trash that is being produced in favour of more sustainable clothing and methods, then it would make a massive impact on the planet.

So how do I make the fabric in my clothes more sustainable?

  • Buy less clothes , choose well and make them last.
  • Buy used, preloved clothing. You can visit one of the thrift stores in Lebanon, TN if you want to purchase pre-owned clothes.
  • Look after your clothes when washing them.
  • Mend clothes rather than throw them away.
  • Recycle or donate your clothes if you do not want them
  • Consider up cycling clothes into other things when they are worn. and
  • Compost whatever fabric you can – natural fibres will all compost down. Find my guide to composting here.

If you are buying cloth to sew into clothes, do ensure that the cloth that you buy is sustainable too. Maybe consider buying deadstock fabric – fabric that would normally be going to landfill anyway, but is being sold off.

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How Can Thrift Stores Help the Community?

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How Can Thrift Stores Help the Community?

There are many benefits that come from thrift shopping, including saving money, reducing landfill waste, and helping your local community. In addition to obtaining great deals, you can help the community by supporting a local charity, reducing waste, creating connections, and more. Here are some of the ways that thrift stores can help the community.

Options for People of All Incomes

Due to their low prices, thrift stores provide items for people of all incomes. They help people with low incomes afford quality items that would be priced higher at other stores. These items include clothing, furniture, small appliances, toys, books, home décor, and more.

Reduces Waste

Thrift stores also help reduce landfill waste. Unfortunately, clothes are often thrown away even when they are in good condition. While these clothes may not fit one person’s style, they may be the perfect fit for someone else. Shopping at thrift stores supports buying used clothes instead of buying new ones and creating more waste.

Thrifting is great for the environment as well. Clothing companies spend enormous amounts of water and energy creating new clothes. By purchasing used clothes, you are reducing the need for new clothes, thus saving water and energy.

Supports Charity

Another way that thrift stores can help the community is by supporting charities. Most thrift shops support charities either by donating funds or buying clothes from the charities.

Create Connections

If you want to familiarize yourself with your local community, thrift stores in Panama City Beach, FL is a wonderful place to go. You can socialize with other shoppers, employees, and new people every day. Thrifting is also an inexpensive and enjoyable activity for dates or a fun day with friends.

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5 Reasons Why Thrift Shopping Is Better Than Supporting Fast Fashion

5 Reasons Why Thrift Shopping Is Better Than Supporting Fast Fashion

Thrift shopping seems to be all the craze nowadays, with influencers flaunting their ‘thrift hauls’ left and right. However, buying pre-loved items at discounted prices is more than just a trend.

It’s a great alternative to supporting fast fashion, which accounts for much of the pollution and human rights violation in the world today. If you aren’t already a thrifter yourself, hopefully, these five reasons will convince you to ditch flagship stores in favour of thrift shopping.

Thrifting is cheap.

Perhaps the most obvious reason of all, thrift shopping can really help you save the big bucks.

Seeing as most items of clothing cost at least RM20 to RM30 these days, buying first-hand garments can weigh heavily on your wallet, especially if they’re not going to last very long. On the other hand, the clothes at thrift stores cost at least two times less than that.

While many of us tend to think that cheap low quality, you can actually find some hidden gems at thrift stores if you’re willing to look for them. (Not to mention the wonderful sense of accomplishment when you do!)

Thrifting is a great way to experiment with fashion.

If fashion’s your passion but you’re short on cash, then thrifting is the perfect way for you to discover your style. Remember all that money you saved from shopping for cheaper clothing items? You can use that extra cash to get more items to play mix and match with.

And if the pieces at the thrift store don’t suit your taste, you can always grab your sewing machine and flip them into a completely different look. Not sure how to do that? Fret not, there are hundreds of YouTube thrift-flipping tutorials for you to refer to. Who knows, you might end up making one of them yourself!

Thrifting is eco-friendly.

If you guessed the largest number, well, congratulations, you’re right! But take a second to process and understand just how much water 10,000 litres is. That’s more than 10 years of drinking water for the average person! 

The fast fashion industry is the second-largest source of pollution in the world, producing over 92 million tonners of waste each year.

That’s the weight of 19 Eiffel Towers combined! This enormous amount of waste stems from the short lifespans of fast fashion products, which is what drives the buy-and-throw-away culture.

Buying pre-loved items is a great way to keep them from going to landfills. Resource consumption is also decreased all across the supply chain from production to transportation. Consider thrifting as a fashionable way of saving the planet.

Thrifting is ethical.

Hard as it may be to swallow, the beautiful, affordable pieces from world famous like H&M, Forever 21, and Zara are often produced through worker exploitation. The wages for making a piece of clothing can be as low as 0.1% of its price, and as of today, no multinational retailer can claim to pay their workers a living wage.

Countries like Bangladesh and India are full of sweatshop horror stories, with women and children living in quarters that are barely fit for animals.

Hence, thrifting reduces the need for producing new items. It’s an important step towards breaking the cycle of worker rights violation. So, you can go ahead and post that picture of your thrifted #OOTD without the guilt of starving workers weighing on you.

Thrifting is charitable.

While not every thrift store donates their proceeds to charitable causes, certain shops do. As compared to fast fashion, which does people more harm than good, thrifting is a great way to help others. At the same time, you are also reaping benefits!

Wouldn’t it be great to know that the vintage jacket you thrifted has actually bought someone a meal, or some much-needed stationery? If your answer is yes, then head on over to the thrift stores in Santa Rosa Beach, FL to start shopping! (Don’t forget to wear a mask and maintain social distancing!)

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THRIFTING SMART IS A LIFESTYLE

THRIFTING SMART IS A LIFESTYLE

When you think about thrifting, you may assume that in order to “do it right” you need to ditch all of your regular shopping habits to do so. The truth is, you can weave thrifting into your normal habits naturally and easily. And you can save money, find fantastic treasures, and save the planet while you do it.

Ready to reap the wonderful benefits of thrifting? Keep on reading to find out what you can expect when you start to incorporate thrifting into your normal shopping habits.

1. Find Designer Items At A Fraction Of The Price

All kinds of clothing, accessories, home decor and more make it to thrift stores—and that includes designer duds. Part of the allure of thrifting is the hunt, and every time you shop there’s always the possibility of coming across a designer dress or bag originally ticketed for $100 that’s selling for $5.

Even household names like Fendi and Gucci have been known to appear in a purse bin here or a sunglass rack there. If you dig through the racks, you may just be surprised by what quality brands you can find at steep discount.

2. Save Money

The average American spends between $1,000-$2,000 each year on clothing, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. The kicker? They only wear about 20% of what’s in their closet. When you thrift, you have the option to save hundreds of dollars on new additions you purchase for your closet.

While exact savings will vary based on location and item, you can expect to save anywhere from 50-80% on thrifted items. Plus, when you’re ready to let them go, it’s easier to say goodbye and donate or resell if you didn’t pay full price for them.

3. Furnish Your Home On A Budget

One of the great things about thrift stores is that you can also shop for homewares, furniture, art, and more. While many people thrift for clothing, there’s an entire other world to shop from.

With sky-high prices floating around for most home decor pieces online and in traditional stores, thrift stores offer affordable pieces that still have plenty of life left in them.

The next time you’re thinking about buying a new dining table or need a piece of artwork for your office, stop by your local thrift store first—you never know what you might find!

4. Help The Planet

It’s no secret that the textile industry requires a massive amount of water and energy in order to function. Fast fashion alone accounts for 10% of all carbon emissions in the world, putting out a massive 150 billion clothing items per year, according to Business Insider. Thrifting, on the other hand, is an environmentally conscious choice.

Not only do clothes get recycled into a new home, but you can also donate the clothes you no longer need yourself. The EPA estimates that textile waste occupies nearly 5% of all landfill space—and these materials take years to break down. Thrifting is the perfect opportunity to reduce, reuse, recycle!

5. Embark On A Treasure Hunt

Nothing beats the feeling of entering a thrift store not knowing what you’ll find. Each shopping trip can yield something completely different, adding to the excitement of the hunt.

In contrast to neatly organized department stores or fancy boutiques, the thrift stores in Santa Rosa Beach, FL offer “one-of-a-kind” gems to dig for as you search each rack. As new items are added during certain days or times, the hunt can begin all over again.

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The Five Best Thrift Stores Around the New School

The Five Best Thrift Stores Around the New School

After fashion week, college students across the city can breathe a sigh of relief, knowing that they can now scroll through their Instagram and Facebook feeds without being bombarded with pictures of runway looks that they would sacrifice their entire year’s earnings for.

These looks are just a credit card swipe away for the super-rich, but college students drowning in debt and earning $7.25 an hour can’t quite live that dream. So rather than sacrificing a month’s worth of grocery money for those Doc Martens you’ve been yearning for, hit up the thrift shops in Panama City Beach, FL.

We all know thrift shopping is not an easy task; one must be committed and dedicated to the goal of finding a diamond in the rough. You may have to search for ages, pin-balling your way through the racks of 90s dresses that will never be in style, or the nightmarish “mom jeans” section. But, oh baby, when you find that jean jacket with the perfect amount of wear and tear for $12, it’s all worth it.

This ranking of thrift stores is based on a number of factors – the first being the quality and quantity of the goods you can find. Nobody likes a thrift store that feels like everything being sold was donated by your dad.

The second factor is price. Let’s be real; nobody wants to buy a pair of used Levi’s for $75. The third factor contributing to the ranking is hipster level.

1. No Relation Vintage

Why: This place is hands down the coolest spot in the area for cheap, vintage garb. The style is definitely more of a jean jacket, tight pants, vintage shirt kind of place as opposed to the flower child looks you’d find at Stella Dallas.

The first things you see when you walk in are perfectly shredded, high waist jean shorts for the beautiful price of $15. And, oh, the sweaters! Racks on rack

2. Beacon’s Closet

Why: Beacon really knows what’s up. From the color-coordinated racks to the wall-to-ceiling shelf of shoes, Beacon’s Closet is a thrift store for the ages. It carries a whole variety of styles from 90s schoolgirl to 70s dancing queen. Price wise, you can find stuff for anywhere between $10 to $40, depending on the style and quality of the piece.

3. Monk Thrift Shop

Why: You’ve entered hipster heaven. Monk Thrift Shop is a dark, musky abyss of rock n’ roll tees and acid jean cutoffs. The store goes on forever and is packed from floor to ceiling with stuff.

The amount of clothes is a little intimidating but once you get in the groove, it’s worth it. Plus, it’s all pretty cheap and just a couple blocks away from campus.

4. Stella Dallas

Why: This place is a gem! They carry some of the coolest, trendiest vintage pieces and while the average price range is between $50 and $80, you can really find some awesome stuff. It’s small, so not too much to dig through, but everything there is worth the time to find.

Since it is pretty pricey, it’s most likely a one-and-done kind of place but it’s definitely worth it. It’s also just on the other side of Washington Square Park – an easy walk from campus for an in-between class excursion.

5. Buffalo Exchange

Why: BE is a staple in any ranking of thrift stores. They’re located all over the country and aren’t too picky with the stuff they buy, which is great if you want to sell an item and even better if you just want to get lost in all the stuff.

Their selection is large and prices are low, but the place can sometimes be a hit or miss on quality. Definitely less hipster than other places you may find, but again, low prices.

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10 BENEFITS OF THRIFT SHOPPING FOR YOU AND FOR THE PLANET

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10 BENEFITS OF THRIFT SHOPPING FOR YOU AND FOR THE PLANET

What’s the best way to don that #ootd, you ask? Sustainably! 

Throughout the decades, fashion has been a perennial impermanence. In the history of style and glamor, fashion has been constantly evolving and aging and adapting alongside most of us. 

Just take a look back at your wardrobe over the years and you’d see for yourself.

WHY IS THRIFTING THE BEST?

Thrift shopping, or “thrifting”, is the act of patronizing pre-loved or second hand items at a discounted price. Most items at thrift stores or consignment shops are second hand or “pre-loved”, if you will, by a previous owner but still remain in good enough condition to be loved by another owner. Meanwhile, charity shops are thrift shops but for a cause.

To put it plainly, thrifting is a gift that keeps on giving for everyone — for beneficiaries, for you, for the planet, and for your wallet too. 

There are so many reasons to love thrifting and many more reasons to start to shop at consignment stores. Here are only several reasons out of many, many more:

1. CHEAP BUT QUALITY THRIFT STORE FINDS

One of the best things with thrifting is the low prices for good quality clothing and other items. We get to save money and get good deals too? Wow. 

In thrift shops, you have many options in shopping clothing that would cost you multiple times at department stores. And mind you, these are high quality clothes, branded items.

Many thrift finds come from popular brand names and with some clothes, bags, and shoes still with price tags on it! Sometimes there are also new items in many thrift stores too, all for low prices still.

Why get it for more at the department store when you can get it for way less at the thrift shop and save a lot of money?

2. UNIQUE AND DIVERSE STYLES

Aside from saving us a lot of money and finding us good deals, we love thrift stores for the plethora of clothes, bags, shirts, furniture, and whatnots that come in various styles.

This allows us the freedom of curating our own original style with the vast options a thrift store has for us. Whether your style demands a quirky pop t-shirt or a simple plaid cotton skirt, your local thrift stores have it all for you.

3. ELEMENT OF SURPRISE

Most times, thrifting is a lot like going on some treasure hunt. You never know what you will find after digging through each pile or rack of clothes, but finding a unique piece for a cheap deal is definitely a treasure find.

There is so much sense of fulfillment walking out of a thrift store with something you didn’t expect you’d find, but something you very much love. And that’s what makes thrifting most exciting too!

4. VINTAGE STEALS

Because fashion is cyclical, it is also timeless. What people wore back in the 50’s, kids these days are bringing back into style and turning it into trendy, fashionable looks. And why, of course, your local thrift store is abundant with these vintage clothing!

Want a Pinterest-worthy, trendy vintage look? Go thank your friendly neighborhood thrift shop for making your vintage #ootd possible at very friendly prices.

5. WEEKLY VARIATION

Since there are a ton of preloved items waiting to find a new home, thrift stores frequently receive donations. This makes thrifting even more fun, as there are new clothes, bags, shoes, and other products to check out every week! Fast fashion, who? 

6. AN ITEM FOR EVERYONE

Whether it’s kids clothing, wardrobe for students, a quirky gift for your writer friend, or a Christmas present for your parents, there is always something for everyone at a consignment store or at the flea markets near your neighborhood. Instead of having to hop around shops, a trip to the thrift store makes the family shopping so much more convenient!

7. REDUCE WASTE

Someone else’s trash is another man’s treasure. 

Every time you go thrift shopping at your local thrift store instead of the mall, you’re giving a new home to someone else’s clothes that would have otherwise gone to fill up our landfills.

With the advent of fast fashion in the 1990s, the throw-away culture that people have developed has led to a toxic amount of clothing waste that adds up to pollution. Because of the overwhelming options we have, our shopping habits have become linear and thoughtless.

8. SUPPORTING LOCAL

When you choose to shop at thrift stores or resale shops, you are choosing to support a local business. There are also some thrift stores that are social enterprises, so the proceeds of the clothing and products they sell go to a charitable cause to help in your community.

This makes shoppers leave the store feeling double better with their purchase! It’s both shopping and helping out at the same time.

Meanwhile, all fast fashion brands are led by capitalist corporations that prioritize profit over human lives and the planet’s life. 

9. LESSER CARBON FOOTPRINT

Would you believe that it took around 1,800 gallons of water to produce that pair of jeans you’re wearing now? And that’s only one aspect of the production process that all goes into the clothing industry. What about the manufacturing and the distributing of these clothing items?

Each part of the production for a single item has a corresponding amount of energy, carbon footprint and greenhouse gases being generated, all adding further damage to the planet. 

But each time you thrift an item instead of buying something new from the mall, you are maximizing all the resources spent on each item when you extend its life to the fullest. Plus, making a detour to the thrift store benefits both your wallet and the planet.

10. SUSTAINABLE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

The fashion industry is one of the biggest industries existing, and understandably so, as it is something very personal to each of us. Unfortunately, this makes it also one of the largest pollutants in the environment. This is why thrifting is the best middle ground between the two situations. It’s a win-win for everyone, really.

HOW DO THRIFT STORES HELP THE COMMUNITY?

The thrift shops in Panama City Beach, FL that are run by charitable organizations for certain causes are a way to give back to the community by raising funds for the community’s needs. People running these stores are often volunteers giving back to their community in these little ways.

A charity store falls under the category of a social enterprise. In this way, your shopping experience becomes more meaningful because it is no longer merely self-serving for the shopper alone but also for the life of the community that would benefit from the proceeds of the store. 

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Thrift Stores Industry in the US – Market Research Report

Thrift Stores Industry in the US – Market Research Report

Thrift Stores in the US industry trends (2015-2020)

The Thrift Stores industry is composed of stores that exist to raise funds for charitable institutions by selling donated used goods. It is a subcategory of the Used Goods Stores industry (IBISWorld report 45331), but excludes consignment shops, antique shops, used record stores and other resale shops that are not affiliated with a charity.

Revenue is expected to increase for the Thrift Stores industry over the five years to 2020. Growth in disposable income and consumer spending for most for the period, combined with a growing consumer attraction to resale shopping have contributed to an increase in industry revenue.

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The thrift economy

The thrift economy

As thrift shopping and reselling started trending among the fashion savvy and environmentally conscious, many low-income communities have struggled to shop secondhand in the face of rising prices.

Increase in Popularity

According to the 2019 ThredUp resale report, more than one in three Gen Zers will buy secondhand and 51% of all consumers plan to spend more on secondhand clothing in the next five years.

The report also predicted that the secondhand market will double, with an increase from $24 billion in 2018 to $51 billion in 2023.

Many attribute the sudden uptick in secondhand shopping to social media. Multiple platforms reveal the mainstream staying power of thrift shopping.

Secondhand shopping also satisfies a social media-induced craving. Repeating outfits on Instagram is often considered to be an unspoken cardinal sin. Because secondhand shopping offers new styles for cheap, it fills the niche for constant new clothes.

Difference in Perspective

Thrifting’s popularity continues to climb, but as those from upper-middle to high incomes increasingly shop secondhand, many note a difference in perspective.

According to a 2010 Pennsylvania State University study by Spencer James, a researcher at Brigham Young University, lower-income families see secondhand shopping as a necessity, whereas higher-income shoppers view it as a commodity.

“The upper class essentially sees it as a toy store. Something to find stuff that’s fun, like a kind of playground,” James said. “Yet they have a lower class that sees that as one of the last few places where they can afford to buy the goods that they need to maintain their standard of living.”

James and his colleagues conducted the study after a major employer in their county shut down, leaving many families in financial distress. The study measured families’ participation in thrift economies and found that both thrift stores and yard sales provided many of the necessities families needed to survive.

Lower- and middle-income households typically participated in thrift economies at a higher rate than higher-income households. The results also noted that those in the lower-and middle-income brackets shopped for furniture and clothing while higher-income families typically bought antiques or trinkets.

Though James conducted the study a decade ago, he feels the results have only become more relevant, especially as thrift stores become a more prominent shopping alternative.

“This can have the deleterious effect of rising prices and thereby pricing the poor out of yet another place where they could potentially access the commodities that they need to maintain their standard of living,” James said.

Thrift Prices Rising

Several discussion boards across the internet also share price increases in their local thrift stores and speculate the cause.

In one instance, Reddit user u/Megan_nicole_93 found a pair of jeans at her local thrift store that were originally from Kohl’s, with the tags still on, on clearance for $12. Her local thrift store priced them at $15.“What is this thrift store smoking?… At least scratch the clearance tag off!” she said in a Reddit post.

Many believe the high volume of new “thrifters” drives prices up in chain thrift stores such as Goodwill. In a 2010 donation valuation guide, Goodwill Industries estimated flat prices based on the item. But, in 2020, the valuation guide includes a range of prices.

The difference in the two reveals that prices are increasingly focused on the maximum a customer would pay for a good, or how it’s priced in retail or other resale markets.

Resale

Ethan Tan, a Depop seller and ASU alumnus, has been thrifting to resell since 2016. He’s amassed about 30,000 followers on his account, Fun/Cool Vintage, and now uses the app as a full-time job.

Sitting in a retro-style robot graphic tee and vintage Levi’s, Tan described his process of picking out the best finds at the thrift store. Sometimes, he just knows.

Tan resells vintage T-shirts, jackets, jeans and the occasional pair of shoes. His prices range from $15 to $1,250. The highest priced item on his page is a signed vintage Suicidal Tendencies band tee.

He frequents Goodwill, Savers and other local thrift stores for his finds. In his expeditions, Tan also noticed an increase in thrift prices. Though many argue that shopping to resell could be a contributor to the inflation of secondhand prices, Tan believes it is not the fault of resellers, but the fault of the corporations implementing price increases.

“The thrift store wants to make more money, but they’re nonprofit. Their goal shouldn’t be to make more money. It should be to make a better impact on the community and the environment,” Tan said.

Tan also weighs the environmental benefits when he is thrift shopping from thrift stores in Panama City Beach, FL and reselling. Because of this, he finds a significant portion of his inventory at the Goodwill Outlet store, known to resellers as “the bins.” Goodwill Outlets sell retail rejects by the pound.

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Thrifting: Good for Your Wallet, Your Wardrobe, and the World

Thrifting: Good for Your Wallet, Your Wardrobe, and the World

When you walk through the front door of your local thrift shop in Panama City Beach, FL, there is a rush of anticipation. You might find your new favorite winter jacket, a pair of designer jeans, or the perfect outfit for a night on the town—all for just a few dollars.

The thrift store market has grown in recent years as more consumers become aware of the impact fashion purchases have on our planet and move away from fast fashion. According to The Association of Resale Professionals, the thrift store industry is a billion-dollar industry, estimated to be worth between $17.5 and $24 billion.

Whether you want to find unique fashion pieces, save money, or reduce your carbon footprint, shopping at a thrift store can have a positive impact on your life and the world around you. Need more reasons to head to your local thrift store? Here are 12 of them.

12 Reasons Why Thrift Stores Are Awesome

  1. Thrifting won’t break the bank. If you want to look good on a budget, thrift stores are the way to go. According to Goodwill, the average cost of a woman’s blazer at one of its stores is just $4.99 versus the price at retailer Express, which can come out to more than $100. Jeans, T-shirts, and jackets are similarly discounted, which can save you hundreds of dollars over the course of a season.
  1. Thrifting is good for the environment. In addition to being more affordable, shopping at thrift stores can have a positive impact on the environment. Items such as coffee mugs, books, and even toys that would end up in the landfill can find a second home through thrift shops.
  1. Your purchases support thrift stores that help their communities. Many thrift stores are nonprofit organizations that support community programs such as homeless centers and pet shelters. Other thrift stores are for-profit organizations that donate a portion of profits to charitable causes and provide jobs for underemployed populations.
  1. Vintage clothes are often higher in quality and have stood the test of time. Fast fashion, which rose in popularity in the early 2000s, increased the demand for low-quality items designed to last just a few washes.
  1. You can find one-of-a-kind pieces. Don’t want to wear the same clothes as everyone else? Thrift stores offer a variety of unique fashion items and clothing that are no longer made, such as vintage designer pieces.
  1. You can resell items to make a profit. Thrift stores can also support your side hustle. Resellers are people who hunt thrift stores, yard sales, and other secondhand retailers for items they can resell at a profit on marketplaces such as eBay, Poshmark, Depop, and Facebook Marketplace. This practice is known as “flipping.
  1. You can develop your sense of style. Low prices and a wide selection of unique pieces make it easier to experiment with new styles. Not sure how you feel about the high-waisted jean trend? You can find a pair at the thrift store for a few dollars and take them home to test out the new style with different tops, shoes, and belts already in your closet.
  1. Thrifting is very trendy right now. Cost and sustainability aside, thrifting is just plain cool! The rise in popularity is likely due to the increase in the number of fashion bloggers and celebrities who are becoming more environmentally conscious. In fact, the thrifting industry has seen an annual growth rate of 2.3% in the past five years.
  1. You know where your money is going. Every dollar you spend supports a company. What do you do when a brand you love engages in less-than-stellar business tactics? You may decide to stop supporting it with your dollars.
  1. You can practice DIY projects. Want to get creative with the clothes you buy? From cutting T-shirts to distressing your jeans, the only limit to DIY projects is your imagination.
  1. Thrift shops have continually changing selections. Unlike mall stores, which tend to get new merchandise delivered just once or twice a week, thrift stores are always getting new merchandise. This influx means you can return to a thrift store every day of the week to discover new treasures.
  1. The clothes are already broken in. Rather than spending hundreds of dollars on fashionably faded jeans, you can find distressed jeans at a thrift store for pennies on the dollar. Clothing from your favorite thrift store has also been worn and washed several times, so the fabric is softer and more comfortable.

Environmentally Responsible Fashion Resources

Being an environmentally responsible fashion consumer is not an all-or-nothing proposition. It is nearly impossible to be 100% environmentally friendly. Thrifting is a step in the right direction; however, it can be challenging to support recycled fashion via thrifting exclusively.

The following resources will help you explore additional benefits of thrifting.

Resources on the Environmental Impact of Fast Fashion:

“‘Fashion’s Dirty Secrets’ is a film that will change your shopping habits”: This article explores the pollution and water issues that make fashion such a problematic industry.


Resources on Financial Benefits of Thrifting:

“Thrift Stores Industry in the US: Market Research Report”: This report looks at the financial impact of thrifting and how the market will perform in the coming years.


Resources on the Fashion Benefits of Thrifting:

“Craftsmanship, a dying art?”: This article from on the Ecologist explores how the shift away from local factories overseen by clothing designers themselves has made it more difficult for independent designers to be successful. It also explores how the shift to overseas fashion production may affect fashion innovation.

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How Thrifting Is Good for the Planet ?

How Thrifting Is Good for the Planet ?

There’s something wonderful about heading to a thrift store and finding a unique piece of clothing that fits your style perfectly. The “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” saying is quite truthful.

Now more than ever, people are donating clothing, home goods, electronics, and other objects that are in terrific condition.

Whether they’re clearing out clutter or making room for more stuff, this propensity to buy and buy has made thrifting an even more rewarding habit for your wallet.

But apart from the personal advantages of shopping secondhand, thrifting is a great benefit for the environment. Put the “reduce, reuse, recycle” slogan into even better practice—donate more and thrift often! Learn more about how thrifting is good for the planet below.

Keeps Clothes Out of Landfills

Think back to that reduce, reuse, recycle slogan they have all been taught since elementary school. When they were first taught this, it typically had to deal with plastics and paper. Many people don’t realize that recycling incorporates more than the typical plastics and includes textile recycling as well.

Just because you’re not putting your clothes in the blue bin and leaving them at the edge of the road doesn’t mean thrifting is not an important form of recycling. One of thrifting’s biggest advantages for the planet is that it keeps clothes out of landfills.

Contributes to Charities

Shopping secondhand also plays a role in boosting community development. Your money is typically used to help local charities and businesses, rather than multinational corporations that take advantage of the planet. Better yet, these charities that the stores benefit will often help out community members in need or strive to help the planet.

Think about it this way—when you shop secondhand, you’re supporting a business that strives to help others. When they are helping others, they are helping the environment in some way as well.

This contribution to charities can take the form of assisting those in need in the community and can help an organization that’s planting more trees or supporting third-world countries and their water sources.

Lowers Your Carbon Footprint

Another significant way thrifting is good for the planet is that it lowers your carbon footprint. This is another one of those phrases they were taught young—carbon footprint. They often think that the only way they can do this is by biking to work instead of driving or by reducing shower time.

Though these are wonderful ways, thrifting is one of those steps to reducing carbon footprint that doesn’t take much effort. All it asks is that you head to a thrift stores in Panama City Beach, FL rather than engage in online or fast-fashion shopping!

The fashion industry is moving faster than ever, creating millions of clothing items every day to fill up the stores every week. When you buy secondhand, you’re preventing that massive waste of energy and resources on the production of new clothes.

Helps Preserve Water

In a similar sense, thrifting helps preserve water. Like they have mentioned, clothing production is a process that takes up a lot of time and energy; it also uses a lot of water—water that they need dearly and are slowly running low on.

Water consumption is extremely high in every single stage of clothing production. Take a cotton T-shirt, for example. When made unsustainably, even simply growing one kilogram of cotton requires at least 10,000 liters of water. That’s just the beginning of the production process.

There’s wet processing and printing, packaging and transportation processes—all these steps add to the overall water consumption. When you shop secondhand, you’re playing a part in preserving water. green, and shutting off the faucet while you brush your teeth.

Reduces Chemical Pollution

Another great way that thrifting helps the planet is that it reduces the chemical pollution induced by creating and buying new clothes. Let’s think back to cotton—the production of cotton not only uses tons of water, but it’s also highly pesticide intensive.

This means that when cotton is produced and manufactured, it causes soil acidification and water contamination. And this is from material that many people consider sustainable. In general, textile-manufacturing processes involve the use of harmful dyes and crude oil by-products.

The process of creating and shipping new clothes contaminates surface and groundwater, pollutes the air, and so much more. Shopping secondhand begins to eliminate the constant chemical pollution that results from clothing production.