Thrifters Saving Money and the Environment One Hoodie at a Time

Evelina Gaivoronskaia | Staff Writer

Senior Sophia Palermo prefers thrifting as a way to get great clothes and reduce the impact on the environment.

Senior Sophia Palermo likes to get thrifty when it comes to buying new clothes. She also likes to protect the envrionment. 

Palermo admits thrifting helps her avoid mass produced cheap clothing and she can do her part in not adding to overstuffed landfills.  

Most fast fashion companies aim to produce clothing that keeps up with the ever-changing trends. When the clothing is out of fashion, it is harder to sell and more likely to get thrown out. 

“Fast fashion is a really big thing right now,” Palermo said. “Places like the American Eagle will put out new clothing very often. If they don’t sell that clothing they send it to a warehouse and then it gets thrown away or shipped overseas, where they try to sell it too, but if they don’t it gets burned, which is even worse for the environment. “

Senior Leia Bulger said she is also aware of the waste that throwing clothes creates. She said thrift shopping helps reduce waste and save the materials that are otherwise wasted on making new clothes. 

“I think thrifting is good for the environment because the clothes that people stopped wearing would probably just be thrown away, but instead they are donated,” Bulger said. “If I buy that, there is no waste. It saves a lot of materials.”

Bulger said that on top of being wasteful, fast fashion companies can have unethical working conditions.  Those companies also put out bad quality clothing that doesn’t justify supporting their way of treating workers and the environment. 

“I did a little research about fast fashion because I do shop at Forever 21 sometimes,” Bulger said. “But I know that some of their factory workers aren’t treated right and I really don’t like that. “

Palermo also said she recently saw thrifting getting more popular. She links it with people being more aware of the enviroment around them and more willing to change their lifestyle to make an impact. 

“When I started thrift shopping, which wasn’t that long ago, not a ton of people did it,” Palermo said. “Buy now there is a lot more stuff about the environment, like the save the turtles movement and the Amazon rainforest being on fire. I feel like a lot of people want to do their part in helping the environment.”

Senior Nick Flood uses thrift shopping as a way to help the environment. He said that he decided to try to buy as little new clothes as possible. Although he prefers to buy some clothing items like underwear and socks brand new, he tried to keep his purchases of other new clothes to a minimum. 

“After I learned about thrift stores I did research on the amount of clothes we go though, and it just really bothered me,” Flood said. “I didn’t want to be a part of that anymore. So I decided to try to stop buying new clothes. And it’s actually really fun, because you can find the weirdest things at the thrift store.”

Flood said that he tries to be aware of his impact on the environment. After he started thrifting he realized the amount of new clothes he was throwing away because they weren’t in style anymore. He said he decided to be more conscious about his purchases. 

“It’s really important for me to have a low impact on the environment with the things that I do,” Flood said. “I realized the amount of clothes we go through and fast fashion, and the amount of clothes we throw out because we don’t like them anymore.”

Photos by Evelina Gaivoronskaia.