Thrifting: Why it’s better than fast fashion

As we know it many stores as of right now use fast fashion. Stores like Shein, H&M, Forever 21, etc. are some of the many that use it. While fast fashion has affordable prices, more profits for companies, and constantly provides a new sense of stylish clothing, there are downsides to it too. To start off, fast fashion is also associated with pollution, waste, the promulgation of a “disposable” mentality, low wages, and unsafe workplaces. Many stores that provide us with fast fashion also use child labor… Things constantly go in and out of style, fast fashion stores are overall just not good for the environment and constantly change.

On the other hand, thrift stores not only recycle clothes that could have ended up polluting the Earth even more, but they also help save the environment! Not only are we using fewer resources when we thrift something, but overall, less things are thrown away as well. More specifically, according to, “who doesn’t love a good deal? When you shop at thrift stores, you’re getting more for less because all of the items are really cheap. Saving your money counts as saving the planet, in a way”(2). As cheap as shein and other fast fashion stores can be, thrift stores are, at times, even cheaper! Plus, according to Cincinnati Goodwill, “…over 400 gallons of water are used to produce cotton for just one t-shirt! Clothing production uses up a lot of resources, including water”(3). Not only that but along with so many other things you have to use to make clothes, they clearly take up a fair amount of resources and going along with fast fashion just uses up even more resources than needed, basically destroying our environment.

At the end of the day, we can see that many things that were considered “out of fashion” or “old”, have now found their way back into the fashion industry. Things like Y2K, are making a comeback after being thrown away as they were considered “out of fashion”