WACO, Texas (KWTX) — The amount of waste resulting from the cycle of following fashion trends and ditching the old for the new continues to grow.
In today’s era of fast fashion and ever-changing trends, fashion is here one day and gone the next.
Instead of going to a thrift store, millions of pounds of clothes end up in a landfill, further polluting our environment.
National Thrift Day is a time for people to grab deals and bargain for gently used clothing and whatever else may be at your local thrift store.
It’s also a good time to raise awareness about the environmental damage caused by the fashion industry.
“It is estimated that for every pound of individual consumer waste, 40 pounds of waste has already been created upstream to arrive at over 1 pound,” said Camille Tagle of FabScrap.
Donating your used clothes to a thrift store is a viable way to support members of your community while ensuring you’re not contributing to the growing amount of clothing scraps in the landfill.
When you buy from a Salvation Army thrift store, they put that money back directly into the community.
Benefitting homeless shelters, food pantries, and community-wide redistribution efforts are just a few of the things this store does to benefit community members.
“These goods are not just thrown away and taken to a landfill. Chances are the donated items will be purchased by someone and taken home,” said Salvation Army Major Jim Taylor.
Fast fashion brands are also a huge contributor to increasing the weight of clothes in a landfill.
“Seeing the process and not being familiar with all the steps…It’s easier for consumers to overlook those impacts,” Tagle said.
These brands attempt to capitalize on a trend by producing the item very quickly for very cheap and in large quantities and once the trend is over the items are discarded.
Consider that a pair of jeans uses 998 gallons of water.
If we can save that water by recycling our jeans, think about the environmental impact that can have.
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