April 22 is Earth Day, a time to think about how you can help protect the environment and reduce your carbon footprint. There are many ways to make Captain Planet proud every day: recycling and composting, riding a bike instead of driving, planting a tree, picking up trash by the beach, turning off the light when you leave a room, and so much more.

But did you know that one of your favorite activities – thrifting – is also great for the planet? That’s right: when you donate or shop at your local Boomerangs, you’re being a green superhero! Here are three huge ways that supporting thrift stores is great for the environment.

Reducing landfill waste: When we think about landfills, we don’t usually imagine last season’s fashion. But according to the EPA, an estimated 11 million tons of textiles end up in landfills each year, equaling nearly 8% of total landfill materials. That’s a lot of clothing that could have been donated instead of tossed! When you donate your unwanted outfits to Boomerangs, you’re giving them a second life – and keeping them out of landfills.

Saving water: The fashion industry consumes a staggering amount of water each day to manufacture new clothing. It takes 2,108 gallons of water to produce just one pair of jeans! When you shop thrift instead of buying new, you’re saving literally thousands of gallons of water each time.

Clearing the air: Besides water waste, clothing manufacturing also creates massive amounts of air pollution – 10% of all human carbon emissions, in fact. Fast fashion may be “cheap” when it comes to the wallet, but the price the environment pays is incredibly high. Instead of hitting a chain store for your new spring outfit, visit Boomerangs for a breath of fresh air.

These are just a few reasons why, by supporting your local Boomerangs, you’ll make a big sustainability statement – along with a big fashion statement! Next time you clean our your closet, make a plan to donate instead of toss. Mother Earth will thank you for it!

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Bren Cole

About Bren Cole

Bren Cole is Content Creation and Social Media Manager at Fenway Health, where she oversees social media communications as well as email, website, and blog content for both Fenway and AIDS Action Committee. She also serves as an Ambassador for the Boston chapter of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network and is a member of the Young Leaders Council at Fenway Health.