Hand-me-downs, consigned clothing and thrift shopping are great for both your wallet and the world
Sustainable is a word you see a lot when it comes to kids clothing these days. And why not: parents are the original clothing reusers and recyclers – hello, hand-me-downs! hello wearing the same yoga pants on repeat! – plus we’re very aware of the impact we’re making on the planet our kids will inherit. You know instinctively that buying pre-loved, secondhand kids clothes is a good thing – of course you’re right!
Turns out buying used and secondhand when it comes to children’s clothing is super smart, totally trendy, and seriously great for both your wallet and the world. Check out these five things to know now about clothing and the environment, courtesy of the EPA and this report from ThredUp.
1. More than 20 Billion Pounds of Clothing is Thrown Away Every Year (according to the EPA): That would fill more than 3,600 Olympic-sized swimming pools! In fact, discarded clothing makes up the majority of the textiles Americans send to the landfills – our garbage dumps receive or incinerate a garbage truck’s worth of used textiles every second, yikes! Also, here’s a shocker: there have been wild reports that brands from luxury (Burberry, Louis Vuitton) to affordable (H&M, Urban Outfitters) actually set fire to tons of their surplus clothes and merchandise to prevent them from being sold secondhand, dropping a double whammy of pollution (waste + smoke) on the planet.
2. We’re Getting Good at Recycling and Reusing, but Reducing, Not so Much: The amount of clothing that all of us recycle and reuse is increasing. But so is the amount of clothing produced as we all buy more and wear each item less. No denying it: we love getting new things to wear, but that results in us still sending a ton of usable clothing to our landfills. One solution? Buy pre-loved, secondhand clothing rather than new when you’re itching for new fashions for you and your kiddos.
3. Pre-loved Clothing Is Totally Trendy: You know a good thing when you see it, and that means choosing secondhand items more and more frequently. Pre-loved clothing is one of the fastest growing areas of retail, courtesy of all of us smartypants shoppers out there.
4. Buying Secondhand Clothing Has Never Been Easier: With the rise of online consignment stores, apps, and websites, you can buy quality secondhand clothing without leaving your house or searching through thrift stores. Kids on 45th is one example of this new kind of retailer, providing parents like you a way to save time, money, and the planet with excellent-quality, pre-loved children’s clothing delivered to your door.
5. Each Used Item You Buy Reduces its Carbon Footprint by 82%: That’s like taking a giant elephant-sized footprint and reducing it to a dog pawprint in terms of the amount of carbon dioxide (aka greenhouse gases, aka pollution) it creates. Hello, green! Hello, making a difference!
Even parents who aren’t able to put a lot of time into researching environmental options 🙋 are buying secondhand kids clothing for the huge money savings that come with pre-loved clothes.
Saving the planet, saving money, saving time: there are so many great reasons to buy secondhand clothing for your kids. You can order a season’s worth of clothes for your kiddo in less than five minutes at kidson45th.com and feel good about your purchase and its impact on the planet and your wallet!