Thrift Town’s 10 Favorite Tips for Green Living

Posted on by Ashley      4 Comments
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Our fans love the great deals they find and also are proud to be living a green lifestyle. Note: shopping bag is reusable and made of recycled materials. Bring your own bag or opt for no bag whenever possible.

Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22 around the world to demonstrate support for protecting our environment. It’s a great time to reflect on your own impact. If you shop Thrift Town (or thrift) then YOU my friend, are a friend to mother earth. Thankfully these days green living has become popular and a way of life. Here are 10 of my favorite simple green living ideas (in no particular order) to incorporate into your life to make it a little more green.

1. Shop Secondhand First! Always try to find what you are looking for at thrift stores, yard sales, flea markets, Craig’s list, etc. before you buy new. Here are some of the benefits of buying used vs new.

  • It reduces your own carbon footprint
  • Keeps billions of pounds of items out of the landfill
  • Saves water in textile production
  • Reduces chemical pollution in manufacturing

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2. Shop Brick and Mortar Stores vs Online

  • Shopping your local stores (big or small) keeps them thriving and open for business in the community
  • Shopping brick and mortar stores creates local jobs in the community
  • Shopping in local stores provides much-needed tax funds locally
  • Retail stores enhance the communities in which we live
  • Buying online creates more pollution during transportation

3. Avoid Plastic Water Bottles. Source Healthy Human Life photo of water bottles

  • 80 percent of plastic water bottles end up in landfills
  • It takes up to 1,000 years for every single bottle to decompose, so PLEASE RECYCLE if you must use plastic.
  • Ditch your bottled water habit by filling your cabinet with 100% BPA-free, stainless steel water bottles that will not only help you improve the health of the environment, but will also be safer and better for your own health as well.
  • Thrift Stores are a great source for these water bottles.

4. Decorate with Plants- They’re Beautiful and Healthy for YOU!

  • As reported on NBC, “Houseplants are good for your health.  They release oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide. This not only freshens up the air but also eliminates harmful toxins.”
  • Extensive research by NASA has revealed that houseplants can remove up to 87 percent of air toxin in 24 hours
  • “Studies have also proven that indoor plants improve concentration and productivity (by up to 15 percent!), reduce stress levels and boost your mood — making them perfect for not just your home but your workspace, too.” reported on NBC
  • Thrift Stores are great resources for beautiful pots, baskets, and containers for your houseplants.
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This tribal basked was a DIY project. Click photo to read more.

image of succulent in thrifted vase.

Succulent planted into a thrifted vase. Click photo to read more.

5. BYOB- Bring  Your Own Reusable Shopping Bag

  • Take reusable shopping bags. The truth is that both plastic and paper bags can be bad for the environment. Many retailers also sell wonderful bags that you can reuse over and over
  • Keep them sanitary; make sure to wash your reusable bags every so often.

6. Buy Clothing that will last for Over 30 Wears

  • Purchase higher quality clothing that you will wear. Purchase items designed to survive the rigors of the washing machine and many wears. #30wears is a movement promoting the idea that you should not purchase any clothing that you would not wear at least 30 times.
  • Thrift Stores are full of high-quality clothing that will last you for years to come.
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Get familiar with brands that have a reputation for lasting a long time, like Levi’s jeans.

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This quality suede jacket was thrifted at Thrift Town.

7. Share and/or Donate Your Usable Items

  • If you have something that is perfectly good, but you no longer have a use for it, pass it on to someone who will enjoy it.
  • Donate your items to charity. Many nonprofits fund their programs based on donations of gently used clothing and household items.

8. Take Care of Your Stuff!

  • Clean and maintain the stuff you have, and you won’t need to buy new stuff to replace it.
  • Taking care of the things you own will save you tons of money. Our society has gotten too comfortable with the “out with the old and in with the new” mentality.

Back in the day, many people had objects that they frequently needed to care for. These items are not meant to be thrown out after a short time. This silver plated pitcher is a good example of how to take care of special and durable items. To see how to clean silver without harsh chemicals, click the photo.

9. Take Your Children and Your Friends Thrifting!

  • Share the love of thrifting with your friends and family. Teaching others to thrift can help the planet exponentially.
photo of kids saving money at Thrift Town

Save TONS of money shopping for your growing kids and teach them the value of green living. Note: shopping bags photographed are reusable and made of recycled materials.  Bring your own bag or opt for no bag whenever possible.

10. Give Green Gifts!

  • Give gifts that were created locally or secondhand items. So much is in the presentation. Make sure to wrap it pretty!
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This thrifted gift is super fun and costs less than $10! Thrifted gifts can be fun, thoughtful and green.

Thank You for Being Green and for Thrifting!





I am the art director and marketing manager for Thrift Town. I have worked for Thrift Town for just about twenty years and I'm passionate about thrift, decorating, entertaining, crafting and, of course Thrift Town.


  1. Jillian

    Great article; and I agree with all of these, but why on earth would they talk about using reusable shopping bags, and how bad plastic bags are for the environment, then show a woman with a plastic shopping bag in the first picture?! Talk about mixed messages!

    • Thanks for your comment. Note: shopping bags photographed are reusable and made of recycled materials.

  2. Andy V.

    Great tips! That restore on the silver pitcher is amazing.

    • Thanks so much! I had so much fun experimenting with that process. I plan to do it again with my jewelry. I may post about that soon.