Thrifting Could Change The World // Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day, everyone! As many of you know, I’m on a journey of living purposefully, and I thought this would be the perfect time to check-in with you guys. It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of thrift shopping. [You’ve probably seen a lot of the outfits in my posts.] But it turns out that thrifting could be the key to saving the planet.

I’ve made it my goal to live purposefully in all aspects of life this year. Mainly that means buying and using things that are good for my body, my wallet, and the world. Because fashion and beauty purchases get so much of my money, it meant making some big changes to the items that I buy. My biggest life change was shopping at thrift stores. Not only am I saving money and giving back to charity (when shopping at places like Salvation Army and GoodWill), I’m also helping with the global waste problem as well.

According to Newsweek, only about 20 percent of clothing donated to stores like Salvation Army, resulting in part of the 80 percent of unwanted clothing ending up in landfills every year. I want to change that. You can find some incredible, even trendy clothing at secondhand shops. Don’t believe me? Just look at some of the outfits in this post.

I understand that not everyone has the time to pick through secondhand clothing racks, but the problem is bigger than you may think. Clothing production has been linked to global warming, according to Forbes. The publication found that the apparel industry is the second largest industrial polluter — second only to oil. Let that sink in for a moment.

Is that designer bag or collection of fast fashion items in your closet really worth it? I’ll let you decide that answer for yourself, but for me it’s not. I’ve felt so much better about my purchases lately, and, since much of the clothing is so cheap, I can try out tons of different trends without breaking the bank. It turns out you can do it all — it just takes a little more time.

Would you believe me, if I told you this dress was only $1.99? Well, it was! The haltered and striped petal-layered dress looked almost brand new when I picked it up from the thrift store. Not only did I get an on-trend and super comfy dress, but I gave it a new life by wearing it instead of buying something new. That’s what thrifting is all about.

If we can cut down on the amount of clothing we buy from department and fashion fashion stores, which are, more often than not, contributing to this global crisis just by over-producing clothing, we can control global warming. Whether it’s using apps like Vinted and thredUP to sell clothing, buying from thrift stores, or shopping at flea markets, every little bit matters. Because making the world a better place for generations to come is way more important than that crop top you’ve been eyeing up.




  • BeaFreitas

    Lovely post !! You’re so stunning !

    April 22, 2017 at 8:54 am Reply
  • StephJ

    Yay! Happy earth day. Much love!

    April 22, 2017 at 9:02 am Reply
  • Kali Borovic

    They really are! What a great deal! Thanks for stopping by and for all the kind words! xx.

    April 22, 2017 at 9:30 am Reply
  • Everything EmmZeeBee

    In the UK we call them charity shops…I’m guessing they are the same thing? My Mum has always been an avid secondhand shopper, so that got passed down to me! When I go into charity shops it’s very rare I see anyone in there under the age of 30?! I love that striped dress you got!

    April 22, 2017 at 11:01 am Reply
    • Kali Borovic

      Thank you! I’m guessing they’re the same thing. People don’t realize how great the shops are, I guess! xx.

      April 22, 2017 at 3:00 pm Reply
  • Lee

    Wow $2, that’s a great deal! A steal even lol I’d love to find clothes priced like that often. I’m going to check out those apps for selling clothes, I have a few that I’ve been wanting to get rid of without throwing away

    April 22, 2017 at 12:22 pm Reply
    • Kali Borovic

      I practically ran away with this deal haha. Let me know how you like the apps! I know some of them are for higher-end clothing, but some are just for everyday wear as well xx.

      April 22, 2017 at 3:02 pm Reply
  • Melissa Gibbs

    I love this idea and it’s honestly so true! If anything, thrifting can be more fun than shopping at bigger brand stores because you can get things still on trend but also completely unique! It makes me wish I had a market or shop I could go to around here. My entire wardrobe would be thirfted!

    April 22, 2017 at 1:01 pm Reply
    • Kali Borovic

      I wish we could go thrifting together! You should try out those apps, since you don’t have stores around you xx.

      April 22, 2017 at 3:02 pm Reply
  • Kali Borovic

    That’s so awesome! I love hearing about thrifting in other countries! Wish we could all meet and shop together xx.

    April 22, 2017 at 3:28 pm Reply
  • Kali Borovic

    Thank you! I haven’t tried eBay yet, but maybe I’ll give it a go! xx.

    April 27, 2017 at 6:37 am Reply
    • K.M. Sutton

      I definitely recommend it! Especially if you want to sell clothes. Postmark is another great site too for buying and selling clothing 🙂 <3

      April 27, 2017 at 8:56 am Reply
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