Happy National Thrift Shop Day! There are so many great things about thrifting, but this year, we’re focusing on one thing – how shopping secondhand is great for the planet! In honor of National Thrift Shop Day, Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont partnered with local sustainability and fashion influencer, @akwearsthings, to highlight how secondhand shopping can help the environment. While thrifting is a great way to find unique styles at a low cost, here are some important environmental takeaways to keep in mind the next time you’re tempted to splurge on fast fashion:
⛅ Giving one item a second life reduces its CO2 footprint by 82%.
👖 It takes 1,800 gallons of water to grow enough cotton to make one pair of jeans. Buying secondhand jeans significantly reduces your environmental impact.
🗑️ 36 billion pieces of clothing are thrown away in the US each year. Donating your gently used items and shopping secondhand helps keep items out of the landfills.