I’m writing from my heart today on why buying secondhand is important!
Hello, guys. I had something completely different on my schedule to write about this week but felt a tug to write this instead. My heart is broken and hurting for the beautiful people and island of Maui, Hawaii. Maui is a very special place to me and one of the most beautiful places in the world.
I have come to realize that this blog is turning into something far greater than I could have ever imagined. So, I’m using this platform to speak up for the Earth. It needs us now more than ever.
Thrifting is a way of living sustainably during this time when environmental concern is at it’s peak. Come along as I share my thoughts on why buying secondhand is important!
*This post is in honor of the people of Maui. I’m wrapping you all with love and sending my prayers of peace to you.*c
I had to go waaaaay back in the archives for this one. The photo below is us as a very young newlywed couple on our Maui honeymoon, circa 2012. Gosh look how little we were! I was certain we would be back a few years later but life happened and time got away from us.
We spent many hours in the historic and beautiful old town of Lahaina where the fires just happened. This photo was taken at a luau, just minutes away.
The terrible fires, which have claimed so many precious lives, is a result of a number of factors including more consistent and extreme drought and weather patterns. Maui, which is one of the most beautiful places that I’ve ever seen, doesn’t deserve this.
The ocean, which has seen record breaking high water temperatures, doesn’t deserve this. This planet, which sustains our everyday lives, is crying out for help. It’s our time to listen. We need to take care of our planet so it can take care of us.
Photo courtesy of Unsplash.com
Through it all, there is good news! We can slowly turn this around if we all put our minds to it. By choosing to do one small thing, whether it be using beeswax food wraps over plastic wrap or keeping a re-usable straw in your car to use instead of a plastic one, adds up to big and everlasting change.
Why Buying Secondhand Is Important
Thrifting for decor and buying used items is beneficial not only for your wallet but for the environment, as well. Let’s take a closer look at how!
1. Cuts Back on Waste.
The first reason why thrifting is more sustainable is because it helps reduce excess waste.
When items are purchased brand new, they are usually used for a year or two and then often end up in a dump. Over time, the cycle of buying new and throwing things away after a few years adds up to so much trash.
What is more beneficial for all of us, and for the environment, is to donate and purchase items or clothing from thrift stores, vintage shops, estate sales or garage sales.
If buying used things seems icky to you, I promise you can find basically brand new things, sometimes still with the tags on them. There’s nothing that soap and water can’t fix, either!
2. Eliminates Items from Landfills.
Plain and simple, buying things secondhand stops landfills from filling up.
It’s so much healthier for the Earth to have items be re-used instead of sitting in a dump, polluting the soil!
If you have items around your house that you want to get rid of, please donate them to a thrift shop! Don’t throw them in the trash. There are so many people that would love to have the thing that you are not using.
3. Reduces the Carbon Footprint.
Buying used items, clothing especially, helps to reduce your carbon footprint because you are re-using something that already exists. This helps to offset the carbon emissions from factories and other production warehouses.
I buy many of my clothes from the online thrift store ThredUp. You can purchase brand new clothing, with tags still attached, for half the price! According to their website, they have helped offset 637 million pounds of carbon! That’s just crazy cool.
4. Gives Old Things New Purpose.
The next reason to buy secondhand is to give new meaning and purpose to things, whether they are old or not.
The Antiqued Journey’s sole mission is to encourage you to find something that has been used and loved for many years and give it new life! I’m all about finding and re-using vintage decor items in my home. It’s so much fun!
The four vintage pieces below were all found at different thrift shops but look how beautiful they all look styled together! I promise you can do it, too.
If you need help with how to thrift for these types of pieces, send me an e-mail. I would love to coach you through it!
5. Decreases Water and Air Pollution
Finally, thrifting is an extremely beneficial way for decreasing water and air pollution.
When you buy something secondhand, you are eliminating the amount of chemicals polluted into the air and water from factories, which is much healthier for the environment.
The photo below is from a recent trip to the country in Southern Minnesota. With gorgeous bluffs, rolling hills and pristine streams, I can’t help but look after it, you know?
How You Can Help
I am not including any shoppable links in this post.
Instead, I am hoping that you will give a donation. Any amount helps. Below, you will find links to websites where you can help the people of Maui as well as support the the environment.
If we join together and work as a team, we can overcome anything.
I truly hope you can see, or start to see, the benefits of why buying secondhand is important. Far-reaching change isn’t going to happen overnight. It takes time, patience and thoughtful effort. But, I feel confident that we can all take the steps needed to help create an Earth that is vibrant, thriving and full of new life. Be encouraged to lend a hand, finding a renewed sense of living along the way.
Leave me a comment! Have you ever been to Maui? What was your favorite place or memory? I love hearing from you!
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