Shopping is something we've all done, whether you're a die-hard shopaholic or someone who dreads the whole experience (I've teetered between both), we will always need and want things as humans. But, there's a more eco-friendly way to be a consumer which is by buying items second-hand.
Here's a list of five items that you're better off buying second-hand:
1. Clothes: Most clothes that are made today are made from polyester or acrylic, both forms of plastic. It is estimated that it takes about 70 barrels of oil to produce polyester used in fabrics each year! Even if you're buying clothing that is made from cotton it will still have an environmental impact. Cotton is an incredibly thirsty plant that will take about 1800 gallons of water to make just one pair of jeans! You can find second-hand clothing from your local thrift shop or even from an older family member that has grown out of their clothing.
2. Furniture: Used furniture can be purchased from garage sales or even on Kijiji and is often sold for a great bargain as well. To add on, if you're not comfortable with purchasing a used piece from someone you don't really know, don't be afraid to ask family and friends to see if they're looking to get rid of any furniture. This will save you from having to deal with building the furniture as well as having to go through all the boxes to build it.
3. Wedding Attire: We believe that no bridesmaid should have to pay full-price for a gown she'll only wear on her wedding day. There are many websites and apps that give you the option of renting a gown for your special night. If you don't find something you like, you can also check out your local consignment shops or thrifts stores for used formal wear. In this case, we can say that it's a recycling system that directly helps everyone within your community!
4. Textbooks/Books: There is no good reason these days to go out and buy a new book, especially with the high price of college textbooks. You can purchase a copy digitally or even better, go to your local library and pick up your chosen books for the week. For textbooks, you can save a fortune by finding a textbook exchange, or find your College/University marketplace online and contact a student selling the textbook you're looking for!
5. Baby Gear: Babies outgrow everything in months so the items you choose to purchase for them won't get as much use as you'd like. Anything from clothes, toys, and any other nursery furniture you would like to get them can be purchased used from your local community and family! There are some items you should definitely check or avoid before purchasing used including car seats and cribs to ensure they are still safe to keep your baby safe.
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