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Sustainable Fashion at Palisade

Braewyn Browns favorite thrift find!
Rosemary Surroz
Braewyn Brown’s favorite thrift find!

The halls of Palisade High School have transformed into a runway of individuality and conscious fashion choices, as students continue to embrace the trend of thrifting and sustainable fashion. In an era where self-expression meets eco-consciousness, Palisade’s student body is leading towards a more sustainable and community-centered shopping culture.

The allure of thrifting is no longer a niche interest but a mainstream movement among Palisade High School students. Rylee Holm, an advocate for sustainable fashion, shares her perspective: “I personally think that thrifting is one of the best ways to shop. Especially now, because it has been normalized, you get to find clothes that you may call a rare gem to you, and you can feel more connected to your clothes because they’re not brand new.” Holm also sheds light on the emotional connection that thrifting fosters. “When you see that piece of clothing, it reminds you of something.” The sentimentality attached to these unique finds forms a profound bond that mass-produced clothing often lacks.

Braewyn Brown, who also shared their insights in an exclusive interview, delves into her motivations for embracing thrifting and its impact on her fashion choices. “It’s a lot cheaper, so it’s a lot more sustainable,” she explains. The financial appeal of thrifting allows for a diverse and specific wardrobe without breaking the bank. Brown elaborates on her shopping strategy, stating, “I just go around to every thrift store in town until I find the right one,” emphasizing her determination to discover unique pieces.

Addressing the benefits of thrift shopping over fast fashion, Brown highlights environmental considerations and ethical sourcing. “It’s more environmentally friendly because things like reduce, reuse, and recycle. I think thrift shopping has less rumors of slave labor and it’s cheap because it’s pre-owned.” 

From sustainability to consumerism, Brown acknowledges how thrifting aligns with their values. “It gives me an opportunity to shop sustainably and with good morals, without spending too much, so I can feel like a good person.”

To those considering venturing into thrift shopping, Brown offers a simple yet empowering suggestion: “Just go for it. Get some friends together and make a day out of it.” she recommends thrift stores like “The Arc,” which is known to provide access to employment for people with disabilities, inviting others to embark on an enjoyable journey of exploration, self-expression, and sustainable fashion.

As the Palisade High School community evolves, so does its fashion landscape. Thrifting and sustainable choices are not just a trend; they reflect a generation that values authenticity, community support, and a brighter future for the planet.

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Rosemary Surroz, Staff Member
Hey there! I'm a math-loving sophomore and a first-year staff writer at the newspaper. I believe that reporting on current events is super important. When I'm not crunching numbers, you can find me in the school film club, exploring my creative side. But that's not all! I'm also a strong advocate for sustainable living and doing my part to help the environment. Let's make a positive impact together!
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