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CAN HOLIDAY SHOPPING BE SUSTAINABLE? WHY SHOPPING SECONDHAND FOR THE HOLIDAYS MATTERS BY LAURA MADDEN

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f you’ve been following our recent fashion features, it’s no surprise that we support secondhand shopping, especially local secondhand retailers such as My Sister’s Closet. As many of us join the holiday shopping hustle and bustle, why not consider supporting your local economy and shopping secondhand retailers nearby. Consignment, vintage, and thrift stores are packed with unique and hard-to-find gift ideas just waiting to be discovered.

WHY SHOP SECONDHAND? There are many reasons why shopping secondhand is a good idea: financial, environmental, to support a good cause, to make a style statement, etc. Personally, I support the secondhand clothing industry as an environmental stance, and to make a statement for a more sustainable and responsible fashion industry. Every purchase made is a vote for more of what we want to see in the world. I believe that secondhand shopping, whether high-end consignment, vintage, or thrift, is the most sustainable shopping you can do. The resources have already been used and you are extending the lifecycle of discarded items that would otherwise end up in a landfill. Sadly, the fashion industry is the second most polluting industry in the world, only after oil. Just over three years ago, I watched the True Cost documentary (which I highly recommend), and it sold

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me on the idea of secondhand shopping. True Cost reveals both the environmental and social injustices in the mainstream fashion industry. In addition to the environmental benefits of shopping secondhand, my wardrobe hasn’t been the same, not to mention the money I save compared to shopping for brand new. For me, the fact that the fashion industry is trashing the Earth burns a hole in my heart. It is unacceptable, and I believe it is avoidable. We can do better. This is where our secondhand retailers come in to save the day, offering a stylish, affordable and eco-friendly shopping option.

BY SHOPPING SECONDHAND YOU ARE: • supporting your local economy • reducing waste • conserving resources • decreasing the demand on the fashion industry to produce cheaper clothing faster • taking a stance to support a more just and responsible fashion industry • saving money We are fortunate to have the support of My Sister’s Closet in spreading this message and creating a conscious consumer movement, greenlivingaz.com

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This month’s issue focuses heavily on health and wellness as part of a 'sustainable you’ approach we’ve been hoping to share for a few month...