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Teens Leading Fashion’s Green Revolution

The entrance to a local thrift store, where sustainability meets style. (Araia Worthington)

In recent years, more young people, especially teens, are choosing to shop at thrift stores instead of new clothes shops. It’s not only to buy cheap stuff, and we are not looking just at the earth, how we care for our environment, but also at the people around us. Teens are leading the way in fighting against the fast fashion industry, known for its bad impact on the environment and poor work conditions.

Close-up of price tage shows the affordable options available in a thrift store. (Araia Worthington)

The fashion world is known for making cheap, low-quality clothes meant to be thrown away after a few wears. This leads to a lot of waste, dishonest labor practices, and a lot of carbon discharge to the environment. Elizabeth L. Cline, in her book “The Conscious Closet: The Revolutionary Guide to Looking Good While Doing Good” talks about the big environmental and ethical problems with fast fashion. She narrows down the reasons why we need to shift our buying patterns and include more sustainable thinking in clothing.
Dr. Linda Greer, a top scientist, has also shown how the clothing industry pollutes and wastes a lot. Greer’s research shows the big environmental problems caused by how we now consume fashion. “The fashion industry’s environmental impact is huge, and it keeps growing without real efforts to be more sustainable,” Greer says. This points out the need for big changes in the fashion world.

Shoppers browse through racks of select, vintage clothing at a thrift store. (Araia Worthington)

Thrift shopping offers a way to help the planet and shop ethically. Seeking thrift stores is a choice for youth because they can get interesting, vintage clothes and at the same time, help in the environment recuperation. “By thrifting and reusing old stuff and clothes, we’re not just saving money, we’re also reducing the need for making new clothes, which lowers the bad effects on the planet,” says a student who cares about the environment. This student shows why thrift shopping is good both for the earth and our finances.
The rise of thrift shopping among teens shows a big change in values towards caring more for the environment and being more ethical. Dr. Kim Y. Hill, a teacher of green living and fashion, says, “Young people today know more and care more about the Earth than any group before them. They like used items more than new ones because they want to live in ways that don’t harm the planet.” This change shows a big shift in culture where caring for the planet and making ethical choices matter a lot when buying things.
Thrift shops are also changing because of this. They’re picking their items more carefully, talking to shoppers on social media, and holding events to make shopping more fun for teens who care about the Earth. This change in thrift shops shows they are keeping up with what shoppers want and showing the big role of green and ethical values in shopping.
In short, teens shopping at thrift stores is a big deal for both culture and the planet. It shows a strong want to live in a way that’s good for the Earth, making wise choices, and being true to oneself. As more teens shop this way, it brings hope for a world of fashion that doesn’t hurt the planet. This isn’t just a quick trend; it’s a big statement that young people care about keeping the world healthy.

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Araia Worthington
Araia Worthington, Staff Writer
Born and raised in Temecula, California, Araia has attended Santa Rosa Academy since she first started school in Kindergarten. Araia has played a multitude of sports including soccer, volleyball, and baseball, she is currently on the soccer and volleyball teams. Araia’s career in journalism stems not only from her activeness and great work ethic, but also a love for reading that started when she was quite young, allowing her to take the stories of many people, and compose it into one news story.  Araia has ambitious goals and a great way of managing her workload, being in leadership for two years and taking the honors courses “Biomedical Science” and Physics. Araia plans to graduate from San Diego State as she pursues her masters degree in nursing.  
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