About Pretty Green Planet
I've always loved resale shopping because my mother is wise and taught me the value of getting a good deal. I love to tell people howl little I paid for something. :) Pretty Green Planet started because of this love of finding unique clothing at a discounted price, but it has developed into this business because as I've gotten older I've realized that purchasing gently used clothes, rather than buying new, is also a great way to prevent clothing from being thrown away and ending up in a landfill.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, an average of 10.5 million tons of textile material ended in landfills in 2015. This number is constantly increasing because the average person buys 60% more clothing every year and keeps them for half as long as 15 years ago. The average life cycle of a piece of clothing is only three years!
If we could extend the life of our clothing by even three months it would reduce the carbon footprint by 5-10%, which would be the equivalent to recycling 2 million tons of clothing per year. It doesn't sound like much, but this little change would equate to taking 1 million cars off the street!
I try to look for ways to help the planet - to keep it green and pretty for future generations. This is one small step we could all make to not only make a difference in how much goes into our landfills, but to help our own pocketbooks as well, by saving 30-40% off retail pricing! Lets keep our Pretty Green Planet beautiful for our kids and grandkids. :)
In addition to offering resale clothing I am hoping to offer additional recycled textile products, such as washable, re-usable "paper" towels, t-shirt yarn and hand made rugs...so check back often!
Plant based - biodegradable packaging
We chose a company that offered plant-based, biodegradable packaging as our main supplier for shipping our items. Unfortunately, this supplier only sells one size for their packages, so to further reduce our waste we found a second company that offers biodegradable packaging made from 100% recycled paper.
We are proud to partner with these two companies and to help our Pretty Green Planet by reducing our waste in any way possible. Also, since our packaging is reusable, we hope to implement a program where our customer can send their packaging back to us with clothing they would like to recycle and we would send them a check - it's like selling to a consignment shop but you don't have to leave your house!