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Eco-friendly fashion steps with Thrift Nature JaThrift Nature Ja

Published:Monday | February 4, 2019 | 12:09 AM

The earth has a finite number of resources which will run out eventually. As we grow more conscious of this phenomenon, persons are taking steps to preserve the little we have left for the future of mankind. Simone Smith, owner of Thrift Nature Ja, has joined the eco-friendly movement which is happening worldwide, and has placed her energy into teaching and helping persons to learn how to recycle textiles.

“Thrifting is the purchase of anything that had a previous owner, be it clothes or furniture. Anything that was not made new, that is thrifting,” explained Smith as she walked Flair magazine through her thrift store located at 8 Haining Avenue, inside Quality Thrifters. “It is trending because sustainability is the order of the day. We are in the era where we are forced to think about where things come from, how long do we use them and what happens after we discard them. It is a very critical circle that we are being forced to examine,” she stated as she explained the dynamics within the clothing industry.

“The textile industry is run by very powerful people who don’t really want you to be aware of the big cycle. They just want you to keep consuming new things. That is how they make their money,” she continued.

In today’s society, people are being taught to validate themselves through purchasing new things, preferably very expensive items. Smith explained that from her research, the majority of these expensive items are made in squalid conditions, mainly in Eastern countries. “We are just seeing how ugly the business is and the people who pay for it. The lady in the sweatshop in India with her baby on the floor. There are pictures like that out [there]. You know, they are not earning anywhere remotely close to what it sells back for. The idea of a few people profiting at the expense of others is really not OK with those who are waking up,” she said passionately.

Aside from the environment which it is made in, the process of making these expensive clothing items is very wasteful. The water that is required to produce a single cotton T-shirt can hydrate someone for over two years. “So you think, here is a white T, wear it once, then throw it away. No, the Earth has really paid the price for that,” said Smith.

There is a growing number of persons who are opening their eyes to the truth and are attempting to make small sustainable steps. “A lot of the time we get down trodden and you start to feel like you cannot make a difference and the system is already set. Each one of us can use their small axe to do something that helps,” said Smith.

On a social level, thrifting is not just good for your pocket. It is helpful for those who want to take a little bit of the guilt from looking fabulous. “They will tell you that you need to spend lots of money when you do not need to. We will bring you that loop hole and the awesome thing about it is [that] you can have a sizeable wardrobe and not feel like you are trashing the environment,” she explained.

You can also donate clothes that you no longer want to Thrift Nature Ja.

Not sure how you can style thrift items? Check out our thrift style ideas courtesy of Thrift Nature Ja. Prices for thrift items start at $250. For more information, email thriftnatureja@gmail.com or call 876-429-7527.