Production and consumption associated with the textile industry exhausts water and fossil fuel resources, and significantly contributes to global waste burden. Studies have shown that U.S. college students produce millions of tons of solid waste every year, much of which could have been diverted. This project describes the benefits of second-hand markets as a tool to achieve waste diversion and sustainability, and proposes a campus thrift store at the University of Richmond (UR). Supporting literature, previous successful reuse initiatives at UR, and a review of best thrift store practices at other universities are provided as justification for the proposal. The project concludes that a thrift store on UR’s campus would be simple to implement and have a considerable positive impact on the campus community and the planet as a whole.
James, Ashley. "Campus Thrift Store: A Small Step Towards Big Change." Poster for Environmental Studies Senior Seminar, University of Richmond, April 20, 2018.