Thrifting isn’t just a way to save money while updating your wardrobe. It’s good for the environment.

The Office of Sustainability hosted its second pop-up thrift shop on campus yesterday in an effort to encourage students to trade in items for something that’s “new to you.”

“We’re hoping to encourage students to swap clothes instead of always buying new,” says Kendall Roberson, Office of Sustainability fellow, who organized the event with Danielle Kraidin ’21. “It takes something like 700 gallons of water to make one T-shirt. Reusing and swapping clothes is really important for a sustainable lifestyle.”

Roberson, Kraidin, and student volunteers collected and sorted more than 1,500 pounds of clothing donated by students, faculty, and staff. The shop opened at noon for members of the campus community. Area neighbors were invited to come between 4-6 p.m.

Most items were free; some from high-end brands were available for a suggested donation of $2-$5.

Items that didn’t find a new home will be donated to the College’s Gateway Career Center career closet and its Refugee Action Committee as well as Goodwill and American Family Services.