Is your closet a graveyard of clothes from seasons past? Do you keep clothes you haven’t worn in years in the faint hope that they’ll become trendy again? If so, it’s time to let go.
Before you make a beeline for the nearest dumpster, consider this:
On average, Americans donate 4.7 bllion pounds of clothing every year. In comparison, 10.5 million tons of clothing are sent to American landfills every year. That’s over 8 million times the amount of clothing donated.
If you’re thinking of tossing that old skirt, remember the men, women and children in need of clothing, and make a donation instead.
A little-known fact is that nearly 100 percent of clothing and household textiles can be recycled, regardless of condition. Whether or not your old things get re-purposed into something new or stay the same, you can give them a new home.
Donating clothing is not only generous, it’s also green. Not only will you be serving adults and children in need of clothing, you’ll be serving the planet by reducing the amount of waste that ends up in landfills.
GreenDrop works with The Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) and the National Foundation of the Blind (NFB) to assist veterans and the blind via used clothing donations. By donating to men, women and children in need of clothing, you’re helping veterans and their families, as well as communities abroad.
GreenDrop prevents used clothes, electronics and household goods from ending up in landfills across America. Many of these items find new life in developing countries. Worldwide, over 14.3 million tons of donated items help adults and children in need of clothing.
For over 55 years, Greendrop has worked with MOPH to obtain clothing and household item donations for veterans and their families. In 2013, GreenDrop began a similar partnership with NFB.
Today, GreenDrop’s 30 free-standing locations and mobile collect on average 100 tons of used clothing, electronics and household goods every week.
Greendrop offers Home Pickup services as well as Drop Off locations for clothing donations.
Start a movement among your friends. Make a social media post about your used clothing donations and spur your friends into action. Research shows that the majority of social media users will take action in response to a friend posting about a charitable donation.
If you know someone who needs help with blindness, please visit www.nfb.org