We all want to look good. It's part of human nature. I dare say that what we don't want is to spend a lot of money to look our best. And the good news is, we don't have to! With the economic downturn of the past year, second-hand stores, consignment shops, and stores like the Good Will and The Salvation Army have come back into popularity and for good reason. You can really find some tremendous deals on stylish, gently used clothing while helping people, saving money and being kinder to the planet. If you haven't already seen The Story of Stuff, check it out and you'll see why shopping just a little differently is much nicer to Mother Nature. You can look good and feel good too!
And, if you have kids, buying their clothes at one of the above-mentioned places only makes sense. They grow out of clothes, (or in my kids' case, spill on them) just about as fast as you can buy them.
Some points to ponder:
According to Wiki answers, approximately 85% of recyclable clothing is thrown out every year.
In 2006, over 800,000 metric tons of clothing and shoes were thrown away in the UK.
On average, 80% of textiles thrown away have 75% of their wearability left.
What's worse, synthetic (man made) fibers will take eons to decompose- if they ever do.
So, next time you are thinking about going shopping for new duds, give your local consignment shops or Good Will some consideration. You just might be surprised at what a positive experience it can be. It's a win-win-win situation. One added benefit- you can give some of your own clothes (and even some household items) new life by either donating them or selling them on consignment.
If you live in the Rochester, NY area, check this site out for our local Consignment Shops http://rochesterconsign.com/services.html.
Happy Shopping, Happy Eco-Stepping, and Share the Green this Holiday Season!