Recycling Clothes Facts

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Recycling Clothes Facts
You can recycle clothing by donating it to a thrift store. (clothing rack image by Gina Smith from

Many environmentally friendly options exist for those seeking to get rid of old or unfashionable clothing. Recycling your clothing allows others to make use of your used items and is a useful way to downsize your wardrobe.

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According to the Environmental Protection Agency Office of Solid Waste, the average American disposes of more than 30.8 Kilogram of clothing per year, which makes up about 10 per cent of that person's total waste in a year. Recycling is a way to divert your clothing items from landfills.


Recycling options include donating items to charities such as the Goodwill or Salvation Army, selling them on eBay or other auction sites, or giving them to a consignment shop to sell on your behalf. If your clothes are several decades old, inquire at vintage shops. If your clothes are so worn or damaged that they are completely unwearable, cut them up to use as rags or in craft projects.


In addition to easing the burden of landfills, donating wearable items to certain charities provides impoverished communities with needed articles of clothing on an international scale.

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