According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average American throws away 70 pounds of clothing each year. The majority of these discarded clothing items could have been reworn, reused, or recycled. Textile waste is a growing problem, that can be prevented. Don’t let fashion go to waste!
Here are some ways you can help:
Donate your used clothing: Please think twice about throwing away your used garments. Approximately 95% of textile waste is actually recyclable. Please do not contribute to this waste. Instead, consider donating your used items to a thrift store, shelter, or even H&M. Donated items will be resold secondhand, recycled into raw materials, or sold for salvage to third-world countries. (There is no such thing as an item that is too worn or too torn; Even the dingiest of items can be remade into something new).
Shop secondhand: According to Value Village, the world consumes more than 80 billion pieces of new clothing each year. We can reduce this number and extend the life of clothing items by shopping secondhand. Consider visiting your local thrift, vintage, and consignment shops before going to the mall. Not only will you find unique pieces, but you will also save a ton of money. (If you prefer to shop online, check out Depop and Thred Up for secondhand clothing).
Host a swap party: Invite your most fashionable friends over to trade clothing with one another. This is a great way to socialize with friends, while adding new items to your wardrobe. Most importantly, it is free! (Don’t forget to provide food and beverages, since it is a party).