“Globally, 80% of discarded textiles are doomed for the landfill or incineration. Only 20% are actually reused or recycled.”-Remake
Consignment shopping (and selling) helps reduce this problem. When clothes are consigned, you make money off of the clothes you otherwise wouldn’t have while the life of the clothing is extended by the new owner.
Remake also mentions “the US alone sends about 21 BILLION pounds of textile waste to landfills every year.”
These billions of pounds of clothing that end up in landfills take 200 or more years to decompose, emitting greenhouse gases in the process. Of course not all clothing can be resold, some things are worn beyond repair while others aren’t sanitary to re-sell. Aside from these items that’s where the problem lies. People often buy inexpensive items because of the price instead of spending a little bit more for something that lasts.
My local consignment shop is such a friendly place to shop. While it’s sometimes hit or miss, I end up leaving with something from there more often than not. While I have been to the store many times, I don’t go frequently. Recently I made $80 from consigning things I no longer wore. I’m able to spend a fraction of what the item would originally cost if it were new.
Whether you buy or consign from one of these stores you’re helping reduce the amount of clothing that ends up in landfills each year.