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Is Donating Clothing A Good Way To Reduce Textile Waste?

By Recyclebank |

Textile manufacture requires tons of resources, so how can we reduce the waste from our clothes?


Many people do need clothes, so donation is better than sending clothes to the landfill, but donated clothing that goes overseas can adversely affect poor countries by disrupting their local culture and by undermining their local textile industries.


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  • Karen K. 1 year ago
    It may not be the best, but I buy, on average, one new piece of clothing a year. The other few are good-quality rehomes from charities, and I don't plan to either rehome or dispose of them any time soon.
  • Lori S. 1 year ago
    Donating clothing is better than putting them in a landfill! Some places even sort and recycle natural fiber clothing to places that make rags or send clothing to countries where they have had disasters/wars and need clothing for refugees.
  • Sara T. 1 year ago
    The biggest problem I have is finding higher quality clothing that fits and that I can afford. Very Rare. I live in a rural area and the closest stores that sell clothing are wal mart (which I will not go to) and Shopko (I go to the 60%or more off racks). I do try and get my clothes from thrift stores and garage sales first. I work in outdoor recreation so I don't need to buy business clothes. Quality of clothes now is crap compared to the '80s. I had t-shirts from when I was in high school that lasted 20+ years. Now I'm lucky if they last 2. Jeans are a joke for fit and wear, but gotta have those for work.
  • Amy D. 1 year ago
    In some drug rehab programs there is a makeover day for some of the clients. They are shown how to dress professionally and given a hair cut (if they want). They are given a couple of work appropriate outfits and shoes. Some of them cry, because this means so much to them. So if you don't need it consider sending it to someone or a non profit that will GIVE it to someone.
  • Amy D. 1 year ago
    I wish more people realized how many people can't readily afford new clothes and would LOVE to have something that fits their current size or needs. If you can offer good usable clothing you don't want to a PERSON who can use it your kindness may lift their burden and go a long way. Giving clothing you don't want to someone who wants to use it is no waste, saves money and helps them to avoid low quality fast fashion that will not last and is definitely made in an environmentally hazardous way. So many people need help and for some even good will is too expensive. Clothing helps people feel a sense of dignity and confidence and is an integral part of getting a job and belonging in a community. So If you aren't selling it consider helping someone or giving it to a place that will not charge people in need.
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