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Thrifting- Fashion for sustainability


Yes, I shop at thrift stores no,I am not poor

Before we go into the above lines, first understand Thrifting.

What is thrifting?

According to Definition.net Thrifting refers to the act of shopping at a thrift store, flea market, garage sale, or a shop of a charitable organization, usually with the intent of finding interesting items at a low price.

Need of Thrifting

Descending economies due to pandemic has thrown light on understanding the mere importance of using energy and resources wisely, the ideology of thrifting becomes more important.
Thrifting comes up with bags of advantages –

Good for environment

In 2020 an estimated 18.6 million tonnes of clothing end up in a landfill. Furthermore, Clothing manufacturing creates over half a million tonnes of microfibre pollution that ends in the ocean.

Half a million tonnes of microfibre are the equivalent of 50 billion plastic bottles, each year and all of us are aware of the hazardous results of plastic in the ocean.
Through thrifting, we can clean the environment in many ways-

  • It Aids in Water Preservation
  • It reduces chemical pollution
  • It encourage green living
  • It lowers your carbon footprint
  • It decreases landfill waste

Good for wallet

If you want to look good on a budget, thrift stores are the way to go. Thrifting is a promising way of getting a diversified wardrobe at a low price.

Designer pieces

Whether it’s Armani, Parada, Gucci, Zara or any other designer denominations, Thrift stores offer an enormous variety of clothing in pocket-friendly amount.

Why it is not popular in India

  • Thrift stores are dirty and unorganized
  • The icky factor of wearing someone else clothes
  • Thrift stores exist to help poor people acquire goods at low cost.
  • Thrift shopping is only for people of average height and average size.

There are myriad such reasons but the prime cause behind it is the ideology of not wearing someone else used clothes.

Thrifting is the fashion of the future, be a part of the solution, not the part of the pollution.

So act smart and shift to thrift.


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