Live Green: Uptown Cheapskate
SALISBURY, MD– According to experts, the fashion industry is one of the top polluters in the world. Fashion trends come and go so quickly that waste from ‘fast fashion’ piles up. One way to counteract fast fashion has gained a lot of popularity over the past couple of years: thrift shopping. This week on Live Green, Meteorologist Sloane Haines spoke with Tenesha Davis of Uptown Cheapskate about how to upcycle your wardrobe.
Staying on trend in the fashion world is not only exhausting for consumers – but it can take it’s toll on the environment – too. Researchers say that producing and buying items that are considered ‘fast fashion’ actually leads to an increase in pollution levels.
“Fashion is the number 2 polluter in the world,” said Tenesha Davis.
That’s where places like Uptown Cheapskate come in. They promote thrift shopping – or upcycling.
“Basically it’s kind of just a fancier way to say recycling. It’s a way to update your wardrobe,” said Davis.
Davis also said “If you’re cleaning out your closet and maybe you wore something once, this gives that item or several items of clothing a second life and it saves it from the landfill.”
Selling and buying upcycled clothing reduces extra waste from going into landfills and carbon emissions from travel.
“70% of the world wears recycled clothing. And 64% of those items land up in a landfill. And this is a way to keep it out of there a little while longer as these materials have harmful materials,” said Davis.
But that’s not all – buying local has a greater impact than you think.
“One of the big things is that it really helps reduce your carbon footprint. Because you got to think about items that are being bought and sold locally. That’s less distance than items being shipped all over the world,” says Davis.
And if you need more reasons to get on board – you are keeping money in the community. Through upcycling your wardrobe, you could earn store credit or cash for your items. Therefore, you are keeping Delmarva green in more ways than one.
Shortly after the interview, Uptown Cheapskate became a Certified Green Business through Salisbury’s Green Team, congrats! To learn more about Uptown Cheapskate’s upcycling program or hours of operation, please visit their website. Here, you can learn more about their initiatives, how to sell and buy clothes, and more.
If you know a green business on Delmarva, please send their contact information to Meteorologist Sloane Haines.