Thrifting to Save Money and the Environment


With the price of clothes increasing, many people are now turning to fast fashion. Fast fashion is clothes made to look high end, but usually made fast and in sweatshops. Fast fashion is also bad for the environment, and it is 2022 and people everywhere are over that. Thrifting is one of the best ways to help cut down on pollution made by clothes. The problem is that people may not know what to look for or where to start. Here are the best tips and tricks for the best thrift store finds. 

  1. Check for staining. Check everywhere, because stains can be in the most  random places. 
  2. Make sure it fits. Not all thrift stores will allow people to try on in store, so know what size to get.
  3. Check elastic on everything. No one wants to get home and realize that the elastic on the pants is bad.
  4. Always wash it after getting home, just to be safe.
  5. Be courteous of other people and their space. 
  6. Look for clothes in season. 
  7. Only buy what will actually get worn. 

Thrifting is not only a great way to save money but also help the environment. In 2018 the average pair of jeans could be anywhere from $50-$80, according to, whereas a pair of thrifted jeans from Goodwill cost $5.99,

“I thrift because it is better for the environment, because I don’t think some people realize how long it takes for clothes to deteriorate. Thrifting is also a lot cheaper than buying brand new clothes. When I thrift I always look at the color and material, then I look at the style. I have found a lot of name brand items for cheap,” Ms. Keefer, science teacher, said.  

Thrifting helps people build their wardrobe while lowering their carbon footprint. It is also a great way for people to build a unique style while on a smaller budget. Not only can people find high end brands from thrifting, but it is also a lot cheaper.

“I think that thrifting is way better than buying clothes from fast fashion brands especially for the environment and the workers who are not paid well to produce the clothes from those brands. I really enjoy findinding one of a kind pieces from brands I love and thrifting always makes me feel better and that I am helping with pollution, ” Kylie Carrasco, sophomore, said.