Thrift Stores – Reduce, Reuse & Recycle

By | January 19, 2010

Thrift store shoppingThrift store shopping is a great way to practice your 3 R’s – reduce, reuse, and recycle.

  • Reduce – Purchasing a used item rather than a new one reduces the amount of new inputs to the environment. It also keeps all of those items that were in thrift store out of landfills.
  • Reuse – Most items at thrift stores are in good condition and can be reused. Children’s clothing and toys are especially good examples of this most children only wear their clothes for a limited amount of time before they are outgrown. In addition, some stores such as Plato’s Closet specialize in gently-used high-end clothing.
  • Recycle – Thrift-store items can be recycled, or should I say up-cycled! Thrift-store goods can be given a second life by being turning into something new. Like home furnishings (pillow covers, curtains, etc.), kid’s dress-up outfits, Halloween costumes, and outdoor work clothes.

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