Since thrift stores sell used clothing instead of new clothing, this means less material made in a factory and less clothing and plastic (you know, button, zippers, unfortunate shiny pants) simply thrown away. It follows the “re-use” part of “reduce, re-use, recycle.” Side benefit: you can find some amazing, unique pieces for cheap in thift stores!
Not only do thrift stores sell clothing, but they also sell lots of other reusable items that might otherwise go to a landfill: books, tables, shelves, computer monitors, knickknacks, dishes, etc. So, the thrift store is able to make money from donations and also keep large items out of landfills.
Thrift stores are very important to the environment. Thirft stores are a recycling outlet for every individual regardless of class. You will always be able to buy and donate used materials to a number of thrift store locations in the area. A lot of times you are even able to recieve a tax write off for certain donations.
In addition to the thrift store reusing items that might otherwise end up in a landfill, thrift stores also curb fossil fuel use. Many times, thrift stores keep their donations local. A person donates items to their community thrift store, and the store sells those items within the same community. This cuts back on fossils fuels used for large-scale distribution and transportation like what happens with brand new items.
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