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Sustainable shopping isn’t just good for the environment

We buy more than we need. Getty Images

Around hundred billion new garments are being made each year to meet the demands of global consumers.And hardly worn clothes are piling up in the landfill.However, some are being donated to charitable second-hand shops to supply essential services for the most disadvantaged in the society.

Australia’s 2500 op shops divert nearly 600,000 tonnes of unwanted household items from the dump.

Omer Soker, CEO of the National Association of Charitable Recycling Organisations, says those recycled goods help charities generate around $500 million dollars per year.

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