Too Good to Trash
3 Reasons You Should Donate Your Old Clothes to a Local Non-Profit Organization Instead of Throwing Them Away
So, you're ready to clean out your closet. You have a lot of clothes that you don't wear anymore, and you're ready to revamp your wardrobe. While you're doing that, you're probably wondering what you're going to do with all the old clothes. Before you throw them in the trash, consider donating them.
(1) It's much better for the environment
When you donate your clothes, you are saving the environment from a lot of harm. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it costs $45 on average per ton to dispose of waste in a landfill. Clothing that sits in landfills releases toxic greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and methane into the environment when they break down. Lastly, making new clothes takes hundreds of gallons of water, and the production of new textiles accounts for 10% of all carbon emissions on the planet. All of these things can be avoided if you donate your clothes for reuse.
(2) It helps people in need
Even though you don't want your old clothes any more, it's almost guaranteed that someone else will. There are many people in need of usable clothing. There are disaster victims, underprivileged people, and children in need of clothing, and your donations can help. When you throw away your clothes, they have no chance of reaching people who need them the most.
(3) It will give you an ego boost
When you do things for others, something good happens for you too. Doing a good deed like donating your old clothes will make you feel good because you're doing something for a worthy cause. You're getting rid of the clutter in your home and helping others at the same time.
Nearly 100% of the textiles in your home can be recycled and donated, regardless of the quality or condition. This means you really have no reason not to donate your old clothes! It's better for the environment, it helps children in need of clothing, and you'll feel great.
Too good to trash. For more information about the services offered by Richland County Solid Waste & Recycling, visit http://www.richlandcountysc.gov/Government/Departments/Public-Works/Solid-Waste-Recycling.
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