With the textile industry being one of the biggest pollutants of the world, purchasing your clothes at second hand helps in reducing your negative environmental footprint. Aside from finding hidden gems at amazing deals, thrift shopping is given an even greater value with sustainability and is proved to be a good environmental investment.
Thrift shops are home to the most diverse aesthetics and brands (from low-end to high-end!)—it doesn't mean you have to sacrifice style to upgrade to a more sustainable closet.
"5 Ways to Build A More Ethical Closet" infographic by Anuschka Rees, www.anuschkarees.com
By buying vintage items, you not only get a unique piece, you're definitely saving the planet. The energy, chemicals, raw materials and labor that went into making that garment is split in as many times as it will be reused.
We've rounded up 5 tips to help you make the most our of your next trip to the thrift store:
1. Make a list and set a budget.
2. Know your measurements.
3. The Art of Scanning
Shopping at the thrift store can be pretty overwhelming. Before rummaging through a rack of clothes, use your eye scan pieces that stand out and catches your eye. Target color palettes, patterns, or clothing materials that appeal to you.
4. Ask yourself, "Will I use this more than 100 times?"
The golden question before adding more items to your closet.
5. Inspect each piece before buying it
Thrift store purchases are often final sale. To save yourself from a shopping heartbreak, inspect each piece well and make sure that there are no defects, or can be easily repaired or altered.
Where do you get your thrift shopping done?