Do you really need that new shirt?

Here is a video of the recycling portion of the thrift store where I work. There was about 500 bales in the warehouse at the time of the video. One bale of clothing weighs about 1000lbs on average. Some of the clothes in the bales have been sorted and others haven’t. Which means last season’s already out of style trendy top that was sent off to the thrift store could likely be in this pile.

You would think the majority of my clothing would be from the thrift store but sadly I figure only about a 1/3 of it is. I have a little bit of trouble finding things due to being an unfashionable size. And lately I’ve just slacked off on my thrifting. I do wear the heck out of my clothes however.

Anyways I leave you my completely unprofessional video to contemplate on your own. I had racked my brain on how to write this post. I thought of adding all kinds of facts about fast fashion and such, but I’m sure you’ve already read about that stuff. Here’s the clothes on their journey after they’re sold and then discarded.

If you know of or have written any articles pertaining to the topic of fast fashion and solutions for reusing clothes I’ll add links to my post if you put them in the comments.

Here’s Secondhandtales  post on why they shop secondhand.

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4 responses to “Do you really need that new shirt?

  1. Wow this is a really interesting video! I wondered what happens to the clothing? Does this go onto other thrift stores or – as happens in the UK – get sent to be sold in markets in Africa? I know that here not every item that is donated even gets put on the shop floors but is shipped off to Africa to the second hand market. I am really against fast fashion (although my teenager shops in Primark a lot and I am struggling with that). Here is a post I wrote earlier this year about why I shop second-hand https://secondhandtales.wordpress.com/2015/03/03/the-10-jeans/
    Thanks for giving us an insight into the vast amount of clothing that is given away each year

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    • I know our stuff goes to a place in Los Angeles, CA where they sort through it. Where it makes it’s way after that I don’t know. My boyfriend worked for a vintage store in LA and they sometimes sold to other thrift stores when they didn’t find vintage stuff in the bales.
      I need to commit to buying some better quality items that will last longer. I am constantly fluctuating on my weight so it makes it difficult to have a small amount of things. I have to have two sizes in everything 😀

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  2. I just wrote about this recently: 10 tips to have an environmentally friendly closet. Tip #7 was to buy used. I agree that most people don’t think about the environmental or financial impact of the their clothes!

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  3. What great perspective! There’s nothing like seeing it all stacked up like that. This fits so perfectly with http://www.fairdare.org

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