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How thrifting save lives and the planet

It turns out thrifting isn't just good for your wallet, it's good for the planet too.

Thursday, April 22nd, 2021

While the practice of repurposing a household or clothing item until it truly becomes unusable is not anything new, in fact people have been doing that for centuries, the establishment of thrift stores is a relatively new aspect of human life. Lately, they have begun to take on a much greater purpose.

To understand what that is, let’s take a few steps back in history to see where it all began. Now, like I said before, people have been repurposing their belongings such as clothing since its very existence. Back then, nothing went to waste. A dress would turn into a jumper, which would turn into a rag, which would then be shredded and used to stuff a cushion. It was cost-effective and good for the environment. That all changed when the industrial revolution took center stage bringing industry and machine manufacturing with it. A turning point for civilization, and the health of our planet.

During this time it became more affordable to buy new things more often, giving most items a more disposable appearance. This effect has snowballed relentlessly into the mass-production, wasteful life we know today, and our planet is paying the ultimate price for it. How so? You may be wondering. Well, let’s dive in.

One of the most common thrifted items is clothing. No surprise there. But, did you know that the production of clothing in the fashion industry takes a major toll on the environment? According to the World Economic Forum, the fashion industry makes up 10% of all humanity’s carbon emissions and is the second-largest consumer of earth’s water supply. 🤯 Yikes. Seems daunting, we know, but this is where thrifting comes in to help save the day (and planet 🌎)!

According to the Student Environmental Resource Center (SERC) at UC Berkeley, thrifting means less clothing ends up in landfills, less resources are being used and wasted, and less pollution. It gives us the chance to sustain our environment for future generations.

Here at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona, we are proud to do our part in protecting the planet and its furry creatures. At our Thrift Store, the proceeds go directly towards funding the many programs and services we offer that save the lives of shelter pets in our community. So, when you shop at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona Thrift Store, you not only are helping save the planet, but you also have a hand in helping save lives.