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Buying secondhand for back-to-school shopping helps environment

It takes about 700 gallons of water to make one T-shirt and more than 2,000 gallons to make a pair of jeans.

Posted: Aug 15, 2019 5:34 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- As the school year approaches, Goodwill is reminding parents they’re a great place to get your back-to-school shopping done.

Not only can you buy clothes, school supplies and sports equipment for a fraction of the price, you can also help the environment.

It takes about 700 gallons of water to make one T-shirt and more than 2,000 gallons to make a pair of jeans.

Look for a reusable lunch box, plastic containers or bento boxes to pack your student’s lunch in. It can take up to 500 or more years for one plastic bag to degrade in a landfill.

“Going back to school is very expensive for some families, for most families,” Executive Assistant Libby Steffen-Schafermeyer said. “There’s a lot of things people need over the summer. Kids grow, so they need different sizes. Luckily for some people, you have hand-me-downs, but if you need new clothes, coming to Goodwill is a great place to do that because it's great for the environment, and it’s great for the community."

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