What are known as thrift stores elsewhere are called recycle shops (リサイクルショップ) in Japan. These can be anything from a little hole in the wall only a few meters square with a few tired blouses to megaplex chains with multiple floors with catch-all inventory. The most well-known chains are the shops run by Book Off, such as Hard Off (not porn; electronics and hardware), Off House (furniture and home goods), Mode Off (clothes), and Liquor OffKinji is another big secondhand chain, as is Treasure Factory, selling mostly clothing and accessories (https://tokyocheapo.com).

According to the website article science.howstuffworks.com by Meghan B. Smith, lots of people consider recycling to be kind of no-brainer, something we all should do. It’s good for the environment, it re-uses materials rather than creates new ones, it reduces landfills — the list goes on and on. But one major benefit that people often overlook is the impact recycling programs can have on a community.

For one thing, recycling programs encourage people to recycle and reduce landfill creation. Landfills are a primary contributor to the greenhouse gas output of the United States. Decomposing garbage generates methane, which has a direct effect on global warming, which makes recycling sound like a pretty good idea.

Also, recycling can stimulate your local economy in a big way. Preparing material for recycling is much more labor-intensive than incineration or land filling. Those jobs help stimulate the local economy, in terms of both individual and corporate buying power (http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/green-science/recycling-impact-community.htm).

In my understanding the following are the 5 major reasons why we should shop more in recycle stores.

  1. Cheaper price. Buying at recycle shops which offer cheaper price gives more value and power to our hard-earned money. We can buy more, choose more, and smile wider because we could also save money.
  2. Save more money. If money is saved from buying cheaper items, the saved money could be use to something else valuable or put in the bank to grow little by little.
  3. Helping the environment. In order to slow down the effects of climate change, everyone is encouraging each other to minimize waste. Reduce, reuse, & recycle are always taught. Why not shop at the recycle shop? To help the environment reduce the things that should be burn for the meantime.
  4. Giving value to other people’s hard work. The items at the recycle shops are somebody’s baby. From conceptualization, production, marketing, & logistics, it involved many people’s talents and effort. So if the items are still beautiful and functional, the products should be used not to waste the talents poured in making the products.
  5. Promoting Japan’s “Mottainai” culture not to waste things. In Japanese, the word “mottainai” expresses the regret, even distaste,that we feel when we see a thing or resource wasted. But looking past its definition, mottainai means primarily a state of mind long rooted in Japanese culture and now resurgent among its eco-advocates since the turn of the millennium. Equivalent to the West’s 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle), it, however, also includes a philosophical and religious dimension, adding a 4th R for “Respect”, (http://www.ready-for-the-resource-revolution.com. Mottainai gained prominence after the Second World War. The Japanese archipelago, poor in natural resources, having come out of the war with its economy bled dry and its land razed, soon learned not to be wasteful. Every foodstuff was economized and everything was used in a way to make it last as long as possible. Since then, Japan has become one of the richest countries in the world, but certain habits persist on this geographically constrained territory whose population has nearly doubled since the Second World War. “Japan’s population density and overcrowding underpin people’s deep distrust of wastage and their passion for optimizing resources,” explains an article on mottainai onwww.Kichigai.com.

Although I am not a Buddhist philosophy follower, I believe in respecting resources (products). My view in “respecting resources” and not wasting them is due to the people who created it and put effort to make it beautiful.

Recycle shops offer variety of unique, cheap, & beautiful products. The shopper can find almost anything from hair iron, flat-iron, house decor, house fixtures, appliances, kitchen wares, utensils, clothes, bags, foot wear, among others. The good thing is there are 5 reasons why every shopper must consider patronizing, and being proud of it. Do you have additional reason to these lists? Feel free to comment below. Thank you.


Visit and buy something unique, cheap, and ‘kawaii’ (pretty) at http://tinyurl.com/JovyReShop.


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