Amisha Sharan

Have you always wanted to look good

and have tons of things and still be a pro environmentalist? If so, then

thrifting is your answer. As we go through this piece, we will try to tackle

all the questions that might come to you.

The first, what is thrifting?

A basic definition would be to buy products mostly clothes, shoes, bags, utensils and

other reusable products that have been already used before and had been recruited

by the seller at some point. They are basically hand-me-down products that are

passed from one person to another. Therefore, proving someone’s waste is

someone else’s treasure.

Where can you thrift?


are tons of markets in the country where you get brilliant and good quality

thrifted products. Sarojini Nagar, lajpat Nagar and Janpath to name a few in

Delhi. Bandra, Church gate, Fashion Street are some in Mumbai, and similar

local markets around the city you live in. There are multiple pop up Flea

markets and garage sales that may happen near you.


some of the really popular e-commerce websites that you check out are eBay, Poshmark,

Asos marketplace, Refashioner, to name a few.


the next and rather important part

Why should you thrift?


are a few points listed for you:

  1. You save money: thrifting

    isn’t just environment friendly, it is also a pocket friendly alternative for

    you. The products because they are hand-me-down, are cheaper compared to the

    ones you buy in stores.

  2. You don’t leave your

    Carbon Footprint: Fashion brands have

    time again been criticised for how inconsiderate they are about environment.

    Fashion industries are one of the biggest contributors to the pollution. Then

    there is the transportation and production which adds to the already growing

    pollution. So when you decide to buy already used products you are taking up

    the Reuse ‘R’ of the environment which is also helping you with the other ‘R’,


  3. Less Landfill waste: When you start using hand-me-down products a

    lot of which would have made to the dumpster fills otherwise, it results in

    less landfill waste.

  4. Decrease in pollution: Whether it’s land, water, air or chemical

    pollution, when you thrift you are helping environment by polluting less. The basic

    economics of demand and supply works here, you demand less from the brand, they

    produce less for lesser supply. Lesser supply means less chemical pollution. This

    results in lesser transportation that results in less air pollution and finally

    less waste dumped by the industry in water and landfill sites.

  • Finally, A way to look really chic. Best parts about thrifted products are their uniqueness. Fashion brands produce every design in a stock so there is never one of anything and you will for sure walk down to see someone wearing the same shoe like you or sometimes a complete outfit. Thrifted products are vintage and hard to find, so if you lucky you might find pieces that are super rare and of great value in the vintage fashion market. It makes you use your creativity and fashion imaginations, and you can always DIY too.
    • By Amisha Sharan