According to an environmental marketing company, the “six crimes of green cleaning” are found everywhere in corporate marketing. So I ask you, are you tired of green cleaning? Tired of companies that turn environmentalism into a fashion statement? Tired of suggesting that you can consume all the ads you want-because it is “green”? So following are my top reasons to buy used clothes, books, furniture, decorations, electronics, kitchen items, kid gear, toys, etc.
Used products are less expensive.
Buying any second-hand item (except antiques) is cheaper than new alternatives, sometimes as much as 90% cheaper, but usually at least 50% cheaper. If you buy second-hand goods, the U.S. dollar will go further, perhaps you will be able to buy local organic food or buy more Peak Oil. So you can (choose one): save twice as much money, or buy twice as much. So it is always a great deal as you can save a lot of money by shopping at a thrift store.
Used products don’t require new resources.
Each manufactured product consumes a certain amount of resources-from growing cotton, cutting down forests, mining metals, or pumping out oil. The production of new books and furniture requires cutting down trees (95% of books are made of raw paper). Anything made of plastic is made of oil extracted from the earth. The metal in mobile phones, jewelry, and computers must all be scraped off the earth, which has terrible consequences for the environment. Fortunately, there is another option of buying used items as they do not require the consumption of any new resource.
Used products don’t generate pollution.
The growth and production of raw materials have brought a lot of pollution to the environment, including toxic chemicals, pesticides, and carbon emissions. For example, a new cotton T-shirt is responsible for dumping 1/3 pound of the pesticides into the cotton field. A new medium-sized car is responsible for emitting 30,000 pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
Used products don’t require energy to create.
The cultivation, harvesting, manufacturing, and transportation of new products require large amounts of electricity (usually natural gas or coal) and petroleum (vehicles operating in cultivation, harvesting, and transportation) for energy. This is called “empowered energy”. Second-hand goods don’t require that energy. A lot of energy is automatically saved as no new product is made so no new energy is required.
Used products don’t have packaging.
When you buy almost all new products, it comes with some kind of packaging-plastic hard shell, shrinks wrap, cardboard box, etc. Packaging materials and actual products consume energy and resources to manufacture. It is difficult to find a way to recycle all the packaging, and it is even more annoying than it has to be discarded. When you buy second-hand products from your local thrift store then you don’t have any packaging to deal with.
Buying things from a neighbor can keep your money nearby without having to go to Wal-Mart headquarters. Also by buying from thrift stores, you can support literacy, the disabled, the sick, the blind, and the poor.