Green Tip of the Week: Eco-Friendly Shopping

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Eco-Friendly Shopping: Thrift Stores

Thrift stores are not only a great place to save money, but also offer benefits to the environment.  Let our current economic downturn motivate you to reduce, reuse, and recycle by shopping at thrift stores.

  • Reduce – Purchasing a used item rather than a new one reduces the amount of new inputs to the environment. It also keeps all of those items in the thrift store – clothes, books, toys, and furniture – out of landfills.
  • Reuse – Most items at thrift stores are in good condition and can be re-used. Children’s clothing and toys are especially good examples of this – most children only wear their clothes for a limited amount of time before they are outgrown. In addition, some stores such as Plato’s Closet specialize in gently-used high-end clothing.
  • Recycle – Thrift-store items can be recycled! Thrift-store goods can be made into home furnishings (pillow covers, curtains, etc.), children’s dress-up outfits, Halloween costumes, and outdoor work clothes.

Thrift stores near New Haven
1.    Salvation Army, 274 Crown St., New Haven, (203) 776-2448
2.    Salvation Army, 1359 Dixwell Ave., Hamden, (203) 230-2323
3.    St. Raphael Auxiliary Thrift, 1386 Chapel St., New Haven, (203) 789-3312
4.    Goodwill, 61 Amity Rd., New Haven, (203) 397-2735
5.    Goodwill, 2369 Dixwell Ave., Hamden, (203) 230-2910
6.    ABC Consignment, 577 Campbell Ave., West Haven, (203) 934-8770

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