Second Hand Clothing Acquisition: Demographic and Psychographic Characteristics of the Second Hand Shopper

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2013-01-01
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Starkey, Sandra
Norum, Pamela
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Understanding sustainability as it relates to second hand clothing acquisition can play an important role in decreasing the total amount of waste that ends up in the landfill. Americans generated a total of 250 million tons of trash in 2010 and in contrast recycled only 85 million tons of waste. Approximately 13 million tons of textiles were discarded during the same period but only 1.3 million tons were recycled (United States Environmental Protection Agency, 2012). A focus on maximizing clothing usefulness and lengthening life span could significantly decrease the amount of textiles that end up in landfills.

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