Following trends and buying new clothes tends to break the budget pretty fast. Shopping from fast fashion retailers helps to save cash while still buying new things, but at what cost? Clothes waste keeps rising as trends change. Fast fashion brands keep overproducing to feed into buyers' overconsumption, and it's a vicious cycle.
Shopping at thrift stores is a great way to shop sustainably while still getting trendy pieces at a low cost.
Why Is Thrifting the Way to Go?
Thrifting saves you money. You not only give pre-owned clothes a new home, but they often sell for a fraction of their old price. Besides the money-saving perk, though, thrifting is a great way to avoid supporting fast fashion and buy clothes in a more sustainable way.
According to recent studies, the average American tends to throw out around 80 pounds (36.29 kg) of clothes annually. Why is that? Well, overconsumption.
Thanks to new trends popping up almost monthly, and fast fashion producing massive amounts of clothes for cheap, people are used to overspending and buying things they don't necessarily need or even want. So, it's no surprise such a staggering number of clothes ends up in the bin. Occasionally, the bin beckons the garment because the trend has come and gone, and other times it's because it has fallen apart. Fast fashion pieces rarely get made to last.
Though there are many sustainability-forward clothes shops available currently, and more and more coming up each day, they tend to come with a hefty price tag attached. So most people simply can't afford to shop there. But that shouldn't deter your sustainability journey.