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Purchase 2nd Hand Clothing

Save money and the environment by purchasing used or vintage clothing.

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America throws away two quadrillion pounds of used clothing each year. Heaps of wasted clothing, often still in great condition, languish in landfills. Purchasing and reusing second hand clothing will significantly reduce the severe toll placed on the environment through the production of new clothing.
Reusing clothing is great for the environment because there are no new materials, fuel, or energy spent in manufacturing. Besides the environmental benefits, you can often get terrific bargains when shopping for used clothing. It takes patience, but you can find inexpensive treasures in the aisles of your local consignment or vintage clothing store. Additionally, organizations like Goodwill perform a great social service by using 84% of their revenues to fund employment and training programs for people with disabilities.
Our goal should be to waste as little as possible by keeping clothes in our closets and out of landfills. Buying used clothing is an easy, economical, and stylish way of helping the environment.


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  • Buy used clothing without leaving your house! is an online auction site created and managed by Goodwill, selling many quality items at the same low prices that you would find in a Goodwill store.


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1.Council for Textile Recycling. “Don’t Overlook Textiles!” Available from: [17 August, 2008]

2.Goodwill Industries International, Inc. “Frequently Asked Questions.” Available from: [17 August, 2008]

3.Mitchell, Deborah. “Hand-Me-Down Used Clothing for Women.” The Charity Guide. Available from: [17 August, 2008]

4.Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association. “Textile Recycling Fact Sheet.” Available from: [17 August, 2008]

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