The US EPA estimates that 10.6 million tons of textiles were generated in 2003, that’s about 80 pounds per person. Given that our wardrobes are becoming increasingly more disposable, this number will probably just get worse… unless we skip a trip to H&M or the Gap, and opt for a recycled fashion shopping spree.
If you think buying used is not in fashion, think again. Starting their first shop in 1974, the founders of Buffalo Exchange have turned clothing recycling into a big business: they now have stores in 12 states and over $43 million a year in sales.
In this video, we stopped in at the San Francisco Haight Street store to find out how you can buy/sell/trade your, or someone else’s, impulse buys, over and over again.