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By recycling pre owned clothing Guesthouse's carefully curated collections make shopping responsibly easy, without sacrificing style or quality. At Guesthouse everything is sourced from thrift shops but curated to be attractive to consumers who might otherwise purchase new. Being a small company, this may seem like a minimal contribution to some but the team is excited to be a part of a quickly growing industry, shifting consumers from traditional retail to a more sustainable model. Studies show, in the US alone, a staggering 21 billion pounds of clothing end up in landfills every year. At Guesthouse they are trying to prevent this number from rising by normalizing buying second hand and simultaneously staying on the pulse of rising fashion trends.
The secondhand clothing industry’s environment benefits range from fewer carbon emissions to saving water and reducing waste. A new study from the Nordic Council of Ministers helped further quantify these sustainability benefits. The study showed that exporting used textiles results in an estimated annual net savings of 190,000 tons of CO2 and reduces water consumption by 70 million cubic meters (18 billion gallons) due to the offset production of new textiles and materials! A garment that is purchased through the secondhand market reduces the need to manufacture a new item and thus saves resources. Synthetic fibers like polyester require lots of energy and oil inputs to synthesize the fibers. Similarly, for fabrics that are made from plants, like cotton and flax (used to make linen), millions of gallons of water and tons of harmful pesticides are needed to grow the crops, while the manufacture of clothing from these fibers also has numerous hazardous impacts.