Buying second-hand products mean that you will keep plastics out of landfills and make a positive contribution to reducing global textile demand and subsequent waste. Reduce the use and waste of resources. By being frugal, you can avoid wasting resources on all these garments which means less pollution.
Favorable for Environment
When resellers come in and comb through the shelves of thrift stores, they are looking for new homes for these items. Thrift shops usually have a lot of things, and they often break at the seams. It’s not that you want to buy 100% of the goods in the store-they usually have too many goods to sell. Sometimes there are so many items in the thrift store that they can only sell more to donate. Stores such as Goodwill do their best to prevent items from entering the landfill, such as selling goods in pounds in retail stores or sending clothing to textile recyclers.
The growth of second-hand stores is not only good for pocketbooks but also good for the entire environment and community development. Restricting the consumption of new clothes, whether cheap or for other reasons, will reduce the use of cotton, wool, fur, leather, silk, polyester, nylon, and other natural/synthetic materials in the production of clothing.
Nevertheless, there are still many items that end up in a landfill. According to data from the US Environmental Protection Agency, 16 million tons of textile waste was generated in 2015, of which 85% went to landfills. The main source of these wastes is clothing, and there were 11.9 million tons of clothing and footwear waste in 2015.
Moreover, according to a report in the Huffington Post, Americans throw away 81 pounds of clothing on average every year.
According to “down-to-earth materials”, the estimated decomposition time of clothing and other items is:
- Leather shoes: 25-40 years
- Nylon clothes: 30-40 years old
- Cotton: 1-5 months
- Tin can: about 50 years
- Plastic bottles: 70-450 years
As you can see, the clothes we wear and other household items we use have a great impact on the environment. By buying second-hand clothing, even if you resell thrift store merchandise, it can help reduce the amount of waste we discard in landfills and benefit the environment in the future.
As more and more people shop in thrift stores and buy second-hand clothing from dealers, more and more items gain a second “life”, while fewer items end up in landfills.
Can you imagine how crazy landfills would be if resellers were not allowed to shop in thrift stores? There will be more waste!
Moreover, if you go to enough thrift stores, especially thrift stores over and over again, you will find that there are always new things on the shelves. Most Americans like to buy new things, and they do it every season, which means thrift stores will keep buying second-hand items.
There are many for everyone, and the thrift store will quickly run out of basic daily necessities and clothes.
Therefore, the belief that “dealers are taking things from the unfortunate” is unrealistic-everyone has a lot of things. As I said, the thrift store was so full of things that they refused to donate.