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Why Donate Your Clothes?

The results of our growth from two fashion seasons a year, Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter, to 52 micro-seasons a year cycle are that people buy and waste more clothing. With more than 15 million tons of used textile waste being generated every year in the US, a number which has doubled in the last 20 years, there a number of solutions for how to best make use of these clothes. Approximately 2.62 million tons of which are recycled (woo!), and 3.14 million tons are combusted for energy recovery, but the majority, around 10.46 million tons are put in landfills. With the average American disposing of 80 pounds of used clothing a person, there is a lot of room for change. Which is why we have come up with a list of 3 reasons you should donate your used clothes!

  1. Waste & the Environment: To help cut back on the amount of clothing put into landfills (which can take hundreds of years to decompose!) and to extend the lifespan of garments as they require many resources to be made and shipped. When people buy secondhand clothes, it extends the lifespan of the clothes which makes better use of the resources used to produce them, and reduces the demand for new clothing. Donating clothes helps reduce waste and reduce the negative impact of clothing on the planet.
  1. Help those in Need: Donated clothing is often given to those who can’t afford clothing, or to victims of disasters. Your old clothes can be a comfort to individuals who have lost everything or who cannot afford to buy them. New clothing can change people’s lives by increasing their confidence, helping them get a better education or to get a job. There are a variety of organizations which work to distribute clothes to those in need. While Dress Up For The Day focuses on helping children in need, other organizations focus on different groups. For example, Dress for Success aims to empower women economically by offering them business attire and resources to help them get jobs.
  1. Declutter your Home: That feeling of relief after Spring Cleaning is over doesn’t have to come only once a year! Keep on top of going through your things and it will make the task less daunting and keep you more organized. It is always easier to get rid of things when you know they can help others and not spending hundreds of years taking up space in a landfill, emitting greenhouse gases.