1Thing: Department Stores Begin Selling Used Clothing

August 29, 2019

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This may come as a surprise to many, but the fashion industry is the second most-polluting industry on the planet.

According to "Sustainability in the Textile Industry," almost 150 million tons of clothing sold globally every year, ends up in landfills.

This is one of the reasons that department stores, like JCPenney and Macy’s, have decided to get into the recycle clothes business.


Both department stores recently announced that they are teaming up with ThredUp, the world’s largest fashion resale platform, to start selling women’s secondhand fashion and handbags at select stores around the country.

By partnering with ThredUp, the department stores hope to bring in new business—shoppers to their stores and online—while keeping clothes out of the landfill.

Next time you go shopping for clothes, check to see where you can buy recycled merchandise!