There is the all-too-familiar feeling of going through a closet and finding that you have a ton of dresses, shoes, and bags that you no longer need. You loved them once, but have worn them enough times and are over them. Maybe it is s dress you bought for a specific occasion, like a wedding, formal, or prom, and now you no longer need the dress. However, the clothes are still in great condition and can help someone else in need.
If you are planning on going through your closets and think that there might be a lot of clothing items still in good condition, you might want to consider donating! Here are three reasons it’s a better option than just throwing them away or having them live in your closet for months and years to come. In fact, some organizations even offer a service to pick up clothing donations, so you don’t even have to add an extra errand to your list.
1. It helps the environment
It might be hard to believe, but 12 million tons of clothing and textiles are thrown out in America annually. It’s also surprising to know that 10.5 million tons of clothing end up in landfills in the US. That’s a whole lot of waste, and clothing and textiles end up having the poorest recycle rate of any other reusable material or product. It’s much more earth-conscious to donate clothing, which not only helps to clothes other individuals and families who are in need, but also helps keep a less amount of clothes out of landfills, which hurt the planet. Donating clothing is very easy and in some cases, there are services to pick up clothing donations, so you don’t even have to leave your home!
2. It helps people who are less fortunate
Why should you donate clothes today? There are people around the US who are less fortunate and can use the clothes that you know you will never wear again and that are in good condition. Individuals and families can use these clothes and purchase them from a charity store or thrift store for a low price that is more affordable to them. About 80 percent of donated clothing in America is used by charitable organizations to give to those less fortunate, and for funding. You can really positively impact someone’s life just by giving up some old clothes you know you won’t wear again.
3. It can spur a positive reaction
Charitable donations are a great way to help others and make the world a better place. You help recycle items so that there is less waste ending up in landfills, and you also help those who are less fortunate. By giving your clothes and other household items away, you will feel full of joy and pride knowing you made a difference. This joy can carry to others, and by posting on social media and bringing awareness to the effects of donating on the planet, your friends might be inspired to do the same. This creates a positive and beautiful chain reaction to spur social change together.
Are you thinking of calling around to see who offers to pick up clothing donations? Comment and let us know what items you’re thinking of donating to help make the world a better place!