I adore green in two senses: the color and the lifestyle. Green clothing is a redhead's best friend, and green living is just smart. I don't need to tell you that I'm all about upcycling and waste reducing, but I do have to preface what I'm about to say by confessing that I've been a snob in one particular area of green living: the secondhand store.
I'll KonMari my house all day long, filling up bag after bag to donate to local charities and consignment shops, but I've always refused to set foot into said shops to, well...shop.
Sifting through disheveled racks of pieces in unpredictable conditions is a stressful concept to me. I'd much rather shop from my laptop where I can quickly filter by size and color and know I can just as easily return the goods if they aren't what I expected.
I couldn't wait to rip into that adorable polka dot packaging (I love how the dots are green—you get me, thredUP!) It felt like opening a present!
I've been upping my physical activity lately, so I decided to shop for some workout gear—in green, of course! Three clicks into the site (activewear, desired size, desired color) found me two green workout tanks (one lime, one kelly) for less than $25—and one of them Under Armour (originally $40)!
I saved so much, I decided to peek at their designer offerings...and scored the cutest avocado green $198 Kenneth Cole wallet...for the thredUP price of $51! It's like new for a quarter of the retail price!
thredUP is slowly chipping away at my snobbery and making my wardrobe and lifestyle a little greener. That KonMari time I mentioned above? I requested a cleanout bag, filled it with my new and like new clothes that I haven't worn in forever, and send them in, consignment-style, for cash or credit. They only accept about 40% of what they receive, but in my beloved green spirit, unaccepted items are upcycled into useable materials (or they can be returned to you for the cost of shipping). Either way, thredUP is moving clothes and accessories are onto a second life instead of creating more landfill waste—that's my kind of green!
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