Like many college students, one of the absolute greatest joys is buying new clothes, and thrifting is an affordable and sustainable way to do so! Thrifting is much better for the environment than buying clothes that are brand new. Plus, you can find some really unique or vintage items too!
Why You Should Thrift Your Clothes
We’ve all heard that thrifting clothes is better for the environment, but why? Here are some reasons to consider why you should try thrifting the next time you want a cool new outfit!
- You can keep plastic out of landfills: Studies have shown that 60% of the clothes made around the world contain synthetic material. This can sit in landfills for hundreds of years!
- Less pollution: The cotton needed for textiles used in our clothing can actually account for a significant amount of waste. Almost 20% of the pesticide use worldwide is for use of growing cotton plants! This can contaminate food supplies or nearby water sources.
- Reduction of greenhouse gases: The production of synthetic fibers in our clothing releases a greenhouse gas called nitrous oxide. This is even stronger than carbon dioxide! The fewer new clothes we buy, the fewer new clothes that will need to be produced!
My Favorite Des Moines Thrift Stores
Animal Life Line Thrift Shop
This is one of the coolest thrift shops ever! I say this mostly based on their cause. All of their proceeds go to the Animal Life Line of Iowa, Iowa’s only special needs, no-kill animal shelter!
Encore Thrift Store
This thrift store is run by Hope Ministries. They provide food, shelter, and recovery services to those in need. Buying clothes from here help to fund these services to residents and communities in the Des Moines area!
EveryStep Giving Tree Thrift Store
Another great thrift store where all proceeds go to a great cause! This non-profit thrift store helps to financially support EveryStep Care and Support Services. This is a care service facility that provides hospice care, in-home patient care, grief and loss counseling, and other community and wellness support.
Plato’s Closet is a thrift store and consignment shop. This means that you can thrift for clothes here, but you can also bring in and sell the clothes that you no longer want as well! As long as your clothes are in decent condition, you may even be able to make a little money! Even if your clothes are not accepted for consignment, Plato’s Closet will donate your clothes for you, so that they can be recycled and used again. Saving the environment one t-shirt at a time!
Let me know if you have tried any of these thrift stores for yourself, or if you have any thrift stores to add to the list! Comment below!