You can see the influence of the thrifty shopper in today’s world with the influx of consignment and thrift stores all around. Even with the economy leveling out, there are people who still prefer to shop at their local thrift store to find that steal of a deal.
Not only are people saving money, but they are also shopping green.
Living Green Magazine says, “consignment and thrift shopping reduces the carbon footprint while reusing items and saving shoppers money.” For sure snatching a bargain second-hand sweater from a local thrift store rather than buying a new one most likely manufactured overseas and wrapped in non-recyclable packaging produces a significantly smaller carbon footprint, makes your wallet happy and keeps your vintage find out of the landfill for a little longer.
This recycling of clothing we are seeing, translates into the growing industry of retrofitting. In this time where everyone is more budget conscious, and concerned with maintaining a better balance between ecological and economic considerations, it’s no wonder that retrofitting existing buildings has become a top industry. Not only is restoration a way for building owners to save money, but just like thrift store shopping, it is a way to practice the act of being green in the building industry. Instead of tearing down and building anew, you can seek out where the defects are, strip the building down, and restore it better than its former glory. A great example of this restoration process can be seen in this video about the restoration of Lido Beach.