In our hectic, crazy world, there are many things that demand attention from activists and good Samaritans. From the degradation of the environment, to poverty, to a lack of access to education and health care. Indeed, the problems are endless, and it can seem like there is no way to reach out and help, to make any sort of real difference.
But the truth is that you can! Simply by living more mindfully, and making deliberate choices about your consumption, you can improve the world around you for yourself and others.
One way to do this is to donate your clothes. Americans send 10.5 million tons of clothes to landfills every year. When you consider that most of them are still wearable or at least could be repurposed, it is clear that it is a huge waste, twice over.
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America is driven on consumerism. No matter where we look, we are bombarded with advertisement for jewelry, home goods, food, and clothing. However, few realize how severe our country’s spending habits are — and how negatively they’re impacting the environment.
The American household disposes of roughly 70 pounds of clothing, shoes and various home textiles each year
In total, Americans contribute to approximately 13 million tons of textile waste annually. In contrast, people in the UK waste 1.12 million tons
When interviewed, one in four American women report having an average of seven pairs of jeans. Meanwhile, they report only wearing four out of thes Continue Reading
Perhaps the most surprising area that this is rampantly occurring is in the textile industry.
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It’s that time. It’s well into spring, and that means it’s time to look at your home — including the garage, the spare room, and any closets full to bursting — with a critical eye. Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be the equivalent of a purge, however. In fact, there are several steps you can take to declutter and clean your home while throwing away as little as possible and reducing your environmental impact. Here are just a few:
Rethink Traditional Cleaning Products
“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] names phosphorus, nitrogen, ammonia and chemicals grouped under the term ‘Volatile Organic Compounds’ as the worst environmental hazards in household cleaners,” according toThe San Francisco Chronicle. If you pick up everyday items like all-purpose cleaners, glass cleaners, and more, the chances are pretty high that you have used and continue to use cleaning products with these dangerous chemicals. Even typical use of these cleaning agents may end up contaminating the fresh water supply, which can — in turn — contaminate produce and farm products. There is a better way, and it’s cheaper, too!
Common items like vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice can be used alone, combined with water, or sometimes mixed together to create powerful, effective, and environmentally friendly cleaning agents. Vinegar can easily clean toilets and pots and pans, and baking soda creates a good scrub or deodorizer for the refrigerator or household carpets.
Take A Few Extra Minutes When Cleaning Out The Closet
Everyday clothes and linens account for 5% of the waste in U.S. landfills, and — worse — 90% of this waste could have easily been recycled and donated to help those in need. Set aside lightly used clothing, and look into nearby places to donate clothes. In some cases, you may even be able to save a trip; there are plenty of charities that will pick up charitable clothing donations. And if tidying up the closet and helping families in need isn’t enough incentive for you, you can often write these donations off on your taxes. As many as 1,507,231 organizations that accept donations are tax-exempt. Ask for a receipt, keep it, and enjoy the break on next year’s taxes.
It’s time for spring cleaning. Do it without a hugely negative impact on the environment. Choose baking soda and vinegar over chemical cleaners, and find nearby places to donate clothes instead of simply tossing them.
If you’ve recently cleaned out a closet or two in your home, then you probably wonder what you need to do to get rid of them. Unfortunately, many people add their textile waste to the landfill, leading to millions of tons of clothing being thrown away. However, this material is salvageable about 95% of the time, making this form of waste unnecessary. The good news is that you can donate clothing to charity instead, so it can be reused and recycled.
Some may not know when to donate clothes to charity organizations, thinking that they are only welcome once or twice a year. However, any time is the right time. The real trick is knowing where to donate. Here are three simple clothing drop Continue Reading
Spring is upon us, and there’s no better time to begin cleaning out everything that no longer has a place in your life. Old clothing, especially, tends to stick around in closets forever, and often without good reason. No, that garment probably won’t come back in style, and if it hasn’t fit you for the past five years, it probably won’t in the future.
The good news, however, is that there are people who can benefit from donations of clothing, and pre-loved items are A-OK with most charity organizations. But before you get ready to haul your donations to a local charity on your own, consider using a service Continue Reading