Donating used clothing helps others in need. It’s an effective way to reduce the volume of textiles in the waste stream. Buying clothing from a resale shop or a garage sale is also an inexpensive way to dress well and look great.
Recycling & Disposal Information:
Usable clothing can be donated to a local charity or sold through a consignment shop. Many thrift shops and drop boxes also accept fabric scraps and clothing that is not appropriate to resale. For more specific information on donating used clothing or where to buy used clothing in your area, contact your county.
When clothing is donated, the best material is pulled out, and sold or given away. The remaining clothing is baled and sold to a broker who sorts it into four groups:
- Warm-weather clothing and shoes for underdeveloped countries
- Cotton materials which are recycled into rags
- Textiles that are ground into padding
- Wool and silk for sale to textile manufacturers
The result is that 100% of the textiles donated are reused.
- Use a consignment store to sell your clothes. Consignment shop items are generally priced at 25 to 50% of the new retail price.
- Hold a garage sale or donate to a community sale.
- Donate to a charity.
- Use worn-out clothing and linens as rags for cleaning around your house.