Thrifting Tips for Earth Day!April 6, 2023
Earth Day (April 22nd) is coming up soon, but it’s never too late to switch to clean routines with the environment in mind! Did you know that 92 million tons of garments end up in landfills every year? It’s a big problem, but you can be a part of the solution by following these sustainable shopping techniques:
First, do you need to shop? We all love the thrill of new clothes, but it can be just as exciting to discover a new style with the clothes you already have. Before you go on a spree, take a look at your wardrobe and see if there’s a fresh take on your old favorites.
Donate before you buy. You’re already going shopping, so why not bring a bundle to donate? Many stores offer credit for clothing, and in any case it will feel good to clear out some closet space!
Bring a canvas bag. When it comes to protecting the environment, every bit counts. Bring cloth and canvas bags (inspo below!) so that you can skip the extra plastic at checkout.
Go in with a game plan. It can be overwhelming walking into a thrift store, especially if you’re not used to it. To help focus the task, go in with a few pieces in mind: spring dress, embroidered denim, new purse. It’ll help you skim the racks without getting too distracted.
Find the right fabrics. You’re already doing right by the earth by buying used, but to take it to the next level, focus on stocking sustainable fabrics! Clothing tags should reveal the materials used, and the more you shop the more you’ll be able to spot high-quality goods like linen, cotton, and lyocell (made from eucalyptus trees!)
Check the “weird” shelves! Thrift stores aren’t just for clothes! Save even more money and resources by checking the home goods aisles– there are plenty of treasures to be found! Lamp stands, bookshelves, dishware, and decor are notoriously easy to find used.