Recycled, upcycled, vintage, pre-loved. Whatever you call it, secondhand clothing saves us money and is good for the planet.
When we donate our clothing to secondhand shops, we give others the opportunity to find fashion in our unwanted items but we also keep the clothing from filling up our landfills. Just how does recycling clothing affect our environment? Can throwing clothing in the trash make that much of an environmental dent?
First, let’s dive into the history behind recycled clothing.
During World War I, there was a large campaign for clothing manufacturers to reduce the amount of textiles used for articles of clothing. This led to the 10% reduction in the amount of trash that occupied our landfills. Also during this time, it was common for families to repair clothing, resize clothing for other family members, or find other uses for their clothing, as this was cost effective.
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By the mid 1920’s, however, the spirit of conservationism was crushed and consumerism was back in style. The production and consumption of clothing grew 15%, even during the time of World War II, and continues to grow today.
Economic growth in the fashion industry has come to depend on the input of new trends and the disposal of old ones so the road a pair of pants travels from the sales floor to the landfill has become shorter.
A study in a journal published by the National Institute of Environmental Health Science stated that according to the EPA Office of Solid Waste, Americans throw away more than 68 pounds of clothing and textiles per person per year. Clothing and other textiles represent about 4% of the municipal solid waste and this figure is rapidly growing.
So it is clear to see that recycling clothing can have quite a positive effect on our environment as well as your pocketbook.
This means that the next obvious step is to take all your unwanted clothing that has been piling up in your closet and donate them to a thrift store or find a buyer.
Labels SCV will buy back your in season and gently used clothing, shoes, and accessories. Labels then takes the clothing you sell, dry cleans them and puts them on their racks for half the original price. So when you go to shop, you are getting “like new” designer clothes for half the price.
The next time you are interested in saving some extra cash and also helping the environment check out the “re-newed” clothing at Labels and see what fashion treasures you can find.
Labels SCV is located at 27069 McBean Parkway in the Promenade Shopping Center.
For more information on Labels SCV, click here.