April is National Recycling Month and yet clothing is probably far from the first item that comes to mind when we think about recycling.
But according to Clothes4Souls, more than 85 percent of all clothing purchased in the U.S. ends up in landfills. Every American discards over 68 pounds of clothing per year.
Can we do better than that? We can certainly try.
We can start by finding new homes for our gently used clothing and shoes by donating the items to a charity that will distribute them to those in need or to a company that will recycle them.
Check out the following sites to find out where you can drop off clothing (many have drop-off location finders) or how to schedule a pick up.
Mid-Atlantic Clothing Recycling (MAC) http://www.mac-recycling.com/
Military Order of the Purple Heart http://zc.purpleheartpickup.org/
The Red Cross http://www.carecycleinc.com/wecollect/
The Salvation Army http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/
Vietnam Veterans of America http://www.clothingdonations.org/
Dress for Success http://www.dressforsuccess.org/
The Woman’s Alliance http://www.thewomensalliance.org/
Career Gear www.careergear.org
http://www.operationfairydust.org/ (New York)
www.princessproject.org (San Francisco)
Brides Against Breast Cancer http://bridesagainstbreastcancer.org/
Donate Your Old Shoes http://donateyouroldshoes.org/
Share Your Soles http://shareyoursoles.org/
Nike Reuse-A-Shoe http://www.nikereuseashoe.com/
Recycled Runners http://www.recycledrunners.com/
Scheduling a pick up
Getting rid of the rest
Where do you donate your clothing? Share your favorite places with us.
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