It’s back to school season! 16% to 18% of Americans shop at thrift stores each year, while 12% to 15% shop at consignment/resale shops. If you’re concerned with ethical fashion or sustainably sourced clothing but can’t afford to spend $80 on a pair of sustainable leggings, you might want to consider thrifting. Americans throw away about 10.5 million tons of clothing every year, especially now with things like fast fashion popping up and giving a cheap way to follow trends. Trends cycle through constantly, if you go to a thrift store you will find things to integrate into modern day trends (flannels, jackets, plain tank tops, baggy jeans). Doing this can minimize your carbon footprint and is ultimately better for the environment as well as your budget. Thrifting includes clothes of all sizes, not just small through large, provides a more inclusive environment than some overpriced stores. If you’re able to choose between shopping at Brandy Melville or Goodwill, consider choosing the environmentally friendly option.