Shopping to save the world

Kelsey Sears
Kelsey Sears
Jan Yoshioka
Jan Yoshioka
Dustin Deniz
Dustin Deniz

By Diane Ako - bio | email and Taires Hiranaka

KAPAHULU (KHNL) - In this Earth and Sea Project report, how you shop can have an impact on the planet. A new trend to buy high end hand-me-downs is catching on. It's both eco-friendly and budget-conscious!

At consignment store The Ultimate You, shoppers can find brand-name womens' clothing and accessories, at bargain prices. Owner Kelsey Sears enthused, "It's popular because it's environmental, saves money, and saves energy."

The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii's Jan Yoshioka agreed. "Not only is it fashionable and a good idea for the offbeat fashions, but it's also a great idea for the environment."

Your clothes have an impact on the environment. Some synthetic textiles are made with petroleum products. Cotton makes up less than three percent of the world's farmed land but uses about a quarter of the pesticides.

Yoshioka added, "It's also the energy to create a new piece of clothing. The energy to produce the materials themselves. And the energy to power the lights in the factory where it's made."

Buying a shirt the second time around avoids all of that. Yoshioka explained, "It not only reduces your carbon footprint by reducing the amount of fuel it takes to ship to Hawaii, but it reduces the amount of waste we produce individually."

Consignment stores, vintage shops, closet swaps, and thrift stores appeal to shoppers like Dustin Deniz, raised in Hilo to be recycle-conscious. "We're filling up landfills and I'd like to make less of an impact on our environment."

If you are buying new, try Patagonia's recycled clothing. The company collects used clothing of any brand to make into new fabric. The company estimates that making polyester fiber out of recycled garments will result in a 76 percent energy savings.

"You hear reduce, reuse recycle. That can also apply to clothing!" encouraged Yoshioka. Changing your habits, to change the world.

We compiled a small list of clothing stores that recycle clothing in some way:

The Ultimate You

Hee Hing Plaza

Tel: 808-734-7724

F ax: 808-734-7706

88 Tees- vintage aloha shirts, T-shirts, jackets, athletic apparel

Kalakaua Ave #2

Honolulu, HI 96815

(808) 922-8832

(Across from Planet Hollywood)


2244 Kalakaua Ave

Honolulu, HI 96815

(808) 923-1950



Salvation Army


66-250 Kamehameha Hwy # F

Haleiwa, HI 96712

(808) 637-1245

Paris Station

947 Keeaumoku St.

Honolulu, HI 96814


Phone (808) 942-3000

Swap Shop

745 Keeaumoku St # 112

Honolulu, HI 96814

(808) 951-8585

Fashionista's Market

Emi Hart




The Closet Chick

2013 S King St

Honolulu, HI 96826

Wedding café

Ward Warehouse


Stylus Honolulu

Or invent your own clothing swaps with friends or colleagues that share similar style sense (and are the same-ish size as you)!