Attn Ladies: Save Green While Being Kind to the Planet

This is a massive subject, so it might span over several blogs. Let’s start the subject off by saying that I will not be recommending you turn your undies inside out on odd days or wash your clothes by hand in a bucket (done that, it’s not fun) to save on laundry costs like soap, water and electricity. This is real savings for real people who also like to do things that are friendlier to the environment.

I wanted to kick this miniseries off by writing one for all the ladies. Anyone who is paying attention knows that “fast fashion” today is regularly hated on as creating a lot of waste and pollutants like dyes. There’s also lots of debate about which causes more pollution and uses more resources, cotton or polyester. I’m going to bypass that hot button topic altogether. Instead of telling you to go out and buy all those expensive “environmentally friendly” T-shirts and things, I’m going straight for the best money saving tip that is also good for the environment: buying used clothes.

Now before you quick close this webpage in disgust, I’m not a fan of local used clothing stores myself. I hate the weird smell (what is that?), and I hate sifting through mountains of clothes, most of which are worn out or ugly or really are your grandma’s clothes. So that’s not what I’m talking about today. I want to tell you about a fantastic app that I’ve been using for the last 3 years called ThredUp. Don’t get confused, this is used clothing, but this is the good stuff. These are name brands and prices can range from $6 to $350, depending on how fancy you want to go. Here’s what I like: You put in your sizes and measurements and the app will filter the clothes based on that. You can also select the quality of products you want to find, including “New With Tags” – because apparently it’s a thing to buy something and never wear it. There are lots more filters based on favorite brands, length, style, and material (in case you’re still interested in making a statement on the whole cotton vs. polyester debate).

I have placed many orders over the years and have been very impressed with the accuracy of the sizing. Each product comes with a front and back picture of the item draped on a mannequin so you can get a very good idea of length and cut. I have had to return a few items that didn’t fit and a couple that ended up having damage that wasn’t noticed during their processing. All my returns have been easy and seamless and credited quickly to my account. It’s important to note, though, that some sale items are Final Sale and are not returnable, so read the big red print.

Finally, if you’re feeling ambitious, you can ask for a “Cleanout Kit” and they will mail you a bag to put in all of the items in your closet that you don’t want anymore and mail to them. If they sell, you can get cash or a credit to purchase more clothes. I haven’t tried this aspect yet, as my closet was pretty sad looking before I discovered this app, so I can’t speak to how well this part works. I’m just happy to have a closet full of quality name brands at a fraction of the price (somewhere Joe and Ryan are dinging their bell). And best of all, my husband can’t get mad at me for buying clothes while saving so much money. Happy shopping ladies!