As a kid, my mom and I took yearly trips to Saint Vincent De Paul to donate our unused and old items such as clothing, shoes, and purses. At 20-years-old, I continue this tradition. Last week, as I was home for labor day weekend, I decided to clean out my childhood room, to reduce the amount of things I own. I packed up my favorite high school clothes and belongings into 6 large boxes and took them to Saint Vincent De Paul. As I dropped my things off, I was taken back by what the guy at the donation bin said to me. He said, "I'm glad you aren't throwing this stuff away."
Throw this stuff away? Why in the world would I waste all of these items? Since it had become a law in my family to never waste old items, I had no idea that America alone wastes millions of tons of clothing every year! If you are someone who throws away your old, unused clothes. Here are some alternative uses for your old clothes.
You may not know it, but there is probably a clothing donation bin down the road from you, or a donation store around the corner. Donating is one of the easiest ways to get rid of things you don't need anymore, while also donating to a good cause. All it requires is that you have a bin or a trash bag to put your clothes in, and a little bit of time to drop your container off at you local donation spot. Some prevalent donation locations are The Salvation Army, Goodwill, and the American Red Cross.
I bet there is one of these listed organizations down the street from you!
A more familiar way of using old clothes is to sell them. Poshmark, Ebay, and Plato's Closet have become popular platforms to sell old clothes on. If you are not a fan of Ebay's seller's costs or Plato's Closet's low buying prices, you can also check out sites like ThredUp and Twice.
This is one of my favorite ways to use old clothes, or I should say, re-use. Instead of donating or selling clothes, if you are a fan of exercising your creativity, you can always upcycle clothes, which means to take old clothes and turn them into a new creation. I recently did this with on old, oversized tie-dye T-shirt. The T-shirt had holes in the bottom, so I cut the bottom off and made a crop top, headband, belt, and a bunch of bracelets out of it. If you have a few hours and a creative side, this is a fun way to use old clothes!
If you need to get rid of your old clothes in order to make room for new clothes, swapping is a great way to do just that. You can always do the obvious and swap with a friend, or you can check out sites like Swap, Rehash, and Swap Style where you can find clothes to swap yours with.
In Conclusion, America has a HUGE problem with waste. From electronics, to plastic, to clothing, everything you throw away contributes to the waste problem. Instead of throwing away unwanted items, take advantage of the organizations and businesses that offer alternative solutions for getting rid of old, unwanted items and become a part of the solution! :-)