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The fashion industry is the second most polluting industry globally, contributing to ten percent of carbon emissions around the world. Simply making a pair of jeans takes 1800 gallons of water and produces approximately 33 kilograms of CO2. On top of that, each year, more than ten million tons of textile waste are generated in North America.
At the same time, clothing is a daily essential and a great way to express your personal style. As sustainability becomes more important in our daily lives, it’s important to consider where the things we buy come from and find environmentally friendly alternatives to buying new.
Shopping secondhand, for example, is naturally friendlier to the environment; you’re giving a second life to something that would otherwise be headed to the landfill and saving money at the same time. Thrift shopping is a great way to introduce sustainability into your lifestyle and wardrobe, crafting a conscious wardrobe that reduces your carbon footprint.
Canadian-owned and operated for-profit thrift retailer Talize fills the gap between traditional thrift stores and mid-range discount retailers, providing a place to find unique, one-of-a-kind items at a cost your wallet will love.
Finding a unique piece of clothing that perfectly matches your style is one of the joys of thrift shopping. Experienced thrifters are all too familiar with scouring the aisles for hidden gems, but at Talize, where each item is carefully inspected for quality assurance prior to being put on the sales floor, every item is a treasure. Their product selection offers a wide range of secondhand items, including brand names and designer clothing for all ages, accessories, footwear, housewares, books, media, toys, and much more. What’s more, thrifting at Talize doesn’t feel like sorting through an endless array of textiles—their stores are brightly lit and colour coordinated, so you can find what you’re looking for with ease.
Aside from giving you more for your money, one of thrifting’s most significant advantages is keeping clothes out of landfills. Now more than ever, consumers recognize that by donating the clothes they’ve outgrown or no longer want, they are making a more positive impact than they would by tossing their items in the garbage.
Talize focuses on reusing, upcycling, and recycling gently used clothing and hard goods. When clothing doesn’t sell, they recycle it to keep their processes zero-waste and ensure that clothing does not end up in landfills. Donating gently-used items to thrift stores like Talize ensures that your clothing and items will continue to serve someone else even when you’re done with them. It’s an easy way to include textiles in your recycling practices and extends the lifespan of your purchases. Every item that can have its life extended is one less item that needs to be manufactured.
Talize accepts donations at all of their stores through their donation centres and dropboxes from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday to Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. With every donation, you receive a $5 coupon for your next purchase of $25 or more.
With ten locations in Ontario and two in British Columbia and new items donated every day, there’s never been a better time to start crafting your conscious closet.
Talize is a proudly Canadian owned and operated for-profit thrift retailer. We’re passionate about Sustainable Fashion because we know we’re helping the planet at the same time as providing you amazing value!