Sustainable Clothing: Hope's Chest in La Grange sells high-end, second-hand clothing at bargain prices;  support women's shelters

‘Nowhere to recycle clothes other than a resale shop'

Wednesday, May 10, 2023 12:09

LAGRANGE, Pain (WLS) — Clothing is one of the “hard to recycle” items.

Some textiles take more than 200 years to decompose in landfills, while releasing harmful methane gas into the air we breathe.

“There's nowhere to recycle clothes other than a resale shop,” says Sally Kurfirst, general manager at The Hope Chest in La Grange.

But don't let that get in the way of your style. Buying used clothes is a sustainable way to build up your wardrobe.

Peti Harapan has been helping fashionistas shop sustainably for almost 30 years.

“It's really recycling: Recycle, reuse, reorganize,” says Kurfirst.

Peti Hope gives 100 percent of its profits to a fun shelter for survivors of domestic violence by Pillars Community Health.

“If we were selling a pair of jeans here for maybe $12 to $18, for high-end designer jeans, that would probably buy a few pairs of pajamas for a child at the shelter, or some food for a mother and her children at the shelter,” explains Kurfirst. .

Peti Harapan specializes in high-end women's clothing and is designed to look like a boutique.

“We found that high-end merchandise, better quality merchandise, held up much better,” says Kurfirst. “Fast fashion, obviously great for people who are on a budget but on the other hand, they can come here and get better quality items for the same amount.”

Besides the extra cash in your pocket, you also don't have to worry about “who wears it best”.

“At the time it got here, it was one of a kind,” says Kurfirst.

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