I have gone through a couple of closet purges over the last few months, as my body grew smaller after the cleanse, increased exercise, and avoiding gluten (which, among other things, made me bloated).
My favorite drop-off site for used clothing is Lifelong AIDS Alliance. Sometimes I drop things off, other times I pick things up. It’s a wonderful cycle, and it helps a great local charity at the same time. (Plus it’s a tax write-off, which doesn’t hurt.)
I just came across usagain, a for-profit company that sells, gives away, and recycles used textiles – clothes, curtains, shoes, etc.
I must say that for a moment, I was annoyed that it was a for-profit company given all the charities you could donate to instead. And then I rethought for a moment. Here’s their mission:
Our mission at USAgain is simple: to provide consumers with a convenient and eco-friendly option to rid themselves of excess clothing, which we divert from wasting in landfills for resale here in the US and abroad.
According to their “Live Stats”, as of this morning they reported:
Items saved from landfills
Lbs of CO2 saved
Cubic Yards of landfill space saved
It’s pretty cool that someone saw an environmental need and started a business to fill that need. If their statistics are any indication (only 15% of household textiles are recycled?) there is still a lot of unmet need!
Where Do You Donate Clothes?
Or what else do you do with them?