We know all you readers shop at the ALI thrift store because we have fantastic merchandise at great prices, a friendly and welcoming volunteer staff, and a convenient location in Irvine! But there’s another reason: everything you buy from us reduces the amount of waste going into a landfill somewhere.
Take a look at the website thredUp.com, which promotes wearing used clothing. The statistics are staggering: 32 billion garments are produced for the U.S. fashion market every year, and 64% end up in a landfill. Fashion is the 2nd most polluting industry after oil!
We know that buying three pairs of jeans from our thrift store, instead of heading to the mall, doesn’t seem to make much difference. But think of all the people in the country who shop at thrift stores. It all adds up. (Think of all that stuff in your recycling bin that you used to just put in the trash!)
Wear your thrift shop clothing proudly! You’re showing your fashion savvy, your expert budgeting, your support of your Irvine community – and you’re doing your part to save the planet!