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5 Interesting Reasons to Buy Secondhand

Care about making sure your kids get to live on a healthy planet? How about saving money? Then, you should be shopping secondhand. Thousands of Americans shop secondhand through sites like Schoola, and here are five reasons why you should join them!

1. You’ll Protect the Planet in a Big Way

Shop Secondhand to Keep Water Clean

Fashion is one of the most polluting industries in existence. Making just one kilogram of fabric generates an average of 23 kilograms of greenhouse gases (that’s huge!). Plus, clothing manufacturing involves the use of many chemicals that have been shown to pollute water sources. And did you know that it takes, on average, 700 gallons of water to produce one t-shirt? Buy secondhand, and you’ll prevent pollution and save water.

2. You’ll Save Mountains of Money

Piggy Bank

The average American family spends $1,700 on clothes each year. That’s no small potatoes. If you shop at secondhand with stores like Schoola, you can bring that cost down by up to 70%.

3. You’ll Help Eliminate Waste

landfill

By purchasing preloved clothes, you keep perfectly amazing items from going to waste. Nearly ⅗ of all clothing ends up in a landfill within a year of being made. As abandoned clothes break down (if they can even break down at all), they leach harmful chemicals, namely those used in their production processes, into nearby land and water sources. In addition, they create a large amount of methane gas. Landfills are a leading creator of methane gas which is, in turn, a big contributor to climate change.

4. You’ll Do Good for Global Good

Fabric Vendor in Senegal

When you buy secondhand finds, you do good for people around the world. Currently, thousands of pounds of secondhand clothes are sent for sale abroad. Not only does this result in a huge carbon footprint, it affects others’ livelihoods. Imported secondhand clothes create a practically insurmountable amount of competition for local textile industries in other countries.  By buying secondhand, you help decrease the number of garments sent abroad and, in doing so, support clean air and craftspeople worldwide.

5. You Can Help Schools!

Schoola School Fundraising

If you shop secondhand at Schoola, you’ll help kids worldwide get access to a better education and happier, healthier life! We donate 40% of all proceeds to save art, music, and PE programs at schools. So, each time you get a great find from Schoola, you better a child’s future. Now, that’s something you can feel fantastic about!

Take a Stand. Shop Secondhand.

Hopefully this gives you a good idea of why shopping secondhand is a first-rate idea. Next time you need new duds or feel that itch to shop, pop on over to our site and get all the garb you desire, free of guilt!

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