Fast-fashion production is one of the biggest contributors to global carbon emissions; it also dries up water resources, pollutes rivers and streams and exploits labour in poor countries. The environmental and social impacts of clothing production are way too high to keep ignoring it. Even the fashion industry agrees, upcycling and thrifting is the future. And why not, when it comes with so many benefits.
You’ll Stand Out from the Crowd
If you’re someone who likes to express themselves through fashion, thrifting should be your go-to. Fast-fashion brands make thousands of pieces of the same design distributed around the globe. Sure, you will have a trendy piece of clothing but it will go out of style within weeks. Plus, many others would buy the same so, it will not be as unique. Thrift stores allow you to explore different styles, colours and patterns at reasonable rates. Because your outfits should be one-of-a-kind, just like you.
You’ll Save Lot of Money
Shopping for trendy clothes from departmental stores means you’ll be spending a lot of money. Only to find out the viral trend is gone by next week. But a trip to the thrift store will be much easier on your pocket. You’ll get your money's worth. And there’s nothing quite like the thrill of finding great deals at thrift shops. Not just for clothing, you can find pre-loved home decor, furniture, bags, shoes, accessories and so much more.
You’ll develop a Unique Wardrobe
Apart from saving a lot of money and finding good deals, thrift stores will help you find those rare items that have probably stopped being manufactured by their respective companies. If you’re lucky you can even find vintage designer pieces. Because it's all about curating our style just as unique as ours. Instead of buying from department stores where there are gazillion pieces of the same style, colour and trend. Whether your style demands a quirky top, vintage blazer or simple plaid pants, thrift stores will have all of it and more to match your style.
You’ll be Supporting Local Businesses
Fast-fashion brands are run by capitalist corporations that only care about profit. Not about where your clothes are made but only about how fast they can be manufactured and sold. But when you choose to shop from thrift stores, you’re choosing to support a local business that is trying to make a difference. Your conscious decision of empowering a local community will not only help out other lives and the environment, but it will also leave you feeling better about your purchase.
You’ll decrease Your Carbon Footprint
Did you know that it takes around 6,800 litres of water to produce a single pair of jeans? Or that it takes 2,700 litres of water to make the cotton needed for a single t-shirt? Bet you didn't see that info on the label. The fashion industry is contributing significantly to water scarcity in many regions and we haven't even gone into the environmental impacts of manufacturing, distributing these clothing. Don’t get us started on the landfills where a garbage truck full of clothes is dumped every second because somewhere, someone got rid of their barely worn clothes to shop for new trends. But each time you thrift, you are maximising all the resources spent on that item when you extend its life to the fullest. Every single purchase has greater environmental impacts than you can even imagine.