Sustainable fashion is making a big splash in the fashion world, with people all around the world showing ‘thrift haul’ videos on platforms like TikTok. The hashtag #ThriftTok on TikTok has 1.3 billion views worth of videos, while #Thrift has 6.3 billion views and #Thrifting has 4.6 billion views.

@nihaelety

Love this sound by fellow climate advocate @Summer so I’m sharing my favorite thrifted pieces over 5 years 🌿 I still haven’t gotten bored of them and that’s the power of personal style! #thriftedit #thrifted #throftedfashion #thriftedootd #thrifting #sustainablefashion #personalstyle #fashiontiktok #fashioninspo #ootd

♬ fast fashion is so out by climatediva – thredUP

According to a report from thredUP, the secondhand clothing market is expected to grow 127 percent by 2026, which is amazing as it is much needed! However, the global fashion industry is also expected to rise by at least 8 percent just this year.

@111threads

What do you have the hardest time finding at the thrift? #thrifting #thriftstoretips #vintagefashion #thrifthaul #thriftingtips #thrifttok #howtothrift #thrifting101

♬ Oblivion – Grimes

The fashion industry has a large carbon footprint and accounts for 10 percent of global human-emitted greenhouse gasses. The environmental impacts of the fashion industry are in addition to the numerous human rights concerns regarding the treatment of textile workers in factories across the globe.

By purchasing or renting a gently used item, you’re helping to keep things in circulation that would have gone into a landfill. Thrifting is the ultimate way to live out the slogan, “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!” Whether you’re picking up a gently used outfit for that party this weekend or some glass vases to do some DIY magic with, the local thrift shop and secondhand clothing sites have you covered.

Movements toward biodegradable fashion are pushing for environmentally-friendly dyes and alternative fabrics that do not take hundreds of years to decompose. Comprehensive changes in the fast fashion industry can help end sweatshops and exploitation work practices, heal the health and environments of communities where garments are produced, and also aid the global fight in mitigating climate change.

We need to preserve our planet! 13 million tons of clothes end up in our landfills and fast fashion has changed the way that we think about clothes. It’s always best to recycle clothes and go to second-hand or thrift stores when looking for new clothing. The recent boom in secondhand clothing is reducing fashion’s impact on the planet and showing that secondhand shoppers are eco-conscious and savvy, not just “hipsters”!

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