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A Greener Charlottesville: "Green" Shopping

By: Myles Henderson Email
By: Myles Henderson Email

Whenever we go shopping, we look for the latest and greatest or the best deal, but what about the greenest? The next time your on that quest for the perfect pair of shoes, a new dining room table, or a classic piece of artwork think about shopping more ecofriendly by shopping used.

"You think of recycling as aluminum cans and plastic bottles but really re-wearing clothes is another form of reusing." says Greer Johnson, Owner of Duo. Duo is a clothing store on the corner that specializes in buying and selling new and gently worn ladies clothing. "They can get something that maybe someone has worn once and some of the clothes we get in have never been worn at all. They can buy these things and be sure that they are wearing something that's in great condition, still in style, and still within a couple of years old."

But shopping green isn't just for clothes. How about furniture? The owner of Circa, Jackie Binder says, "it's just an opportunity to recycle furniture and household goods back into the community rather than start all over from scratch." Whenever you buy something used you limit the need for new products to be made, prevent these items from being thrown away, and most of the time you can save some money. "If you buy something that has been previously owned, frequently it's better made, the trees have already been cut, the furniture is already here. So you don't have all of those environmental cost."

So the next time your looking for something new. Don't think brand new... just new to you. "Just get on down here. I think it's kind of habit forming, so once you come in I think your hooked for life."

Both of these stores had some great stuff. The clothes at Duo all looked brand new and in style and you could find just about anything at Circa from solid wood furniture to fancy china to classic vinyl records.

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