A beginner’s guide to saving

News from the Zero Waste team:

Zero Waste Tip: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle… by saving you contribute to the 3 Rs, reduce, reuse and recycle to help the planet. You can find great items at discounted prices, make them new to you, and in the long run, you can save a lot of money. So the next time you need clothes, try thrift.

By saving, you contribute to the 3 Rs, reduce, reuse and recycle to help the planet. You can find great items at discounted prices, make them new to you, and in the long run, you can save a lot of money. So the next time you need clothes, treat yourself to a thrift store.

Thrift has a simple definition of buying gently used second-hand materials at a reduced price. You may be thinking, “Why would I want to buy someone else’s stuff? Above all, if they have been used? There are several answers “why” you want to try your luck at savings. First, the most obvious is to reduce, reuse and recycle to help the planet. The second best answer is that at a discount you can find items that are still in great condition or basically new.

By saving, you reduce waste which has a big impact on what ends up in the landfill. “85% of our clothes end up in landfills or burned,” noted the California Public Interest Group (CALPIRG). The average American throws away about 81 pounds of clothing each year. Overall, an estimate 92 million tonnes of textile waste is created every year and the equivalent of a garbage truck full of clothes ends up in a landfill every second every day,” as stated by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that textiles, which include clothing, account for 6% of total municipal waste in the United States.

Another reason for thrift stores is the large, discounted selection of almost everything for everyone, since every item in a thrift store is from a different person. You might be overwhelmed with the amount of stuff you can find in a thrift store. Be sure to browse through all the articles because you never know what you might find. However, if you can’t find something you like, you can always choose items to customize, adapt and make perfect for you.

Check out these savings tips to help you get started:

  • Use your smartphone to research brand names for high-end clothing.
  • Visit online thrift stores to buy and sell items.
  • Shop with cash to avoid impulse purchases you don’t need.
  • Take a trip to the thrift store? Bring old clothes or other items to donate.
  • Know the opening hours and item rotations of your thrift store; Also check out of season items i.e. winter coats in spring.
  • Be prepared to leave empty-handed; some trips will yield a mountain of great discoveries while other times you may not be so lucky.
  • Go often! If you want quality material, you must go there regularly to discover the latest finds.
  • Thrift shopping is all about having an experience and finding the one-of-a-kind item you’ve been looking for.

By saving, you contribute to the 3 Rs, reduce, reuse and recycle to help the planet. You can find great items at discounted prices, make them new to you, and in the long run, you can save a lot of money. So the next time you need clothes, try thrift.

For more information, see the Los Alamos County Environmental Services webpage at www.losalamosnm.us/gogreen.

For those with questions or concerns, please contact Environmental Services at 505.662.8163 or [email protected]

About the Zero Waste Team:

The Environmental Sustainability Board (ESB) and Environmental Services Division (ESD) formed the Zero Waste Team to educate the community on:

  • reduce waste and greenhouse gas emissions, and
  • save energy and water.

Comprised of community volunteers and Los Alamos County employees, the team achieves ESB and ESD load through print and digital messages shared through traditional media sites, social media and brochures. Additionally, Zero Waste team members work with individuals and organizations, such as restaurateurs, businesses, schools, and residents, to incorporate these reduction and conservation best practices into daily routines. To join or contact the Zero Waste team, contact [email protected]

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