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Green Tip

Unplugging your devices, lowering your heat, and smartly disposing of waste are a few ways to leave for break on sustainable note!



Green Campus Tour

Guided maps of sustainability initiatives at Temple University

Climate Action Plan

Temple became a signatory of the Presidents Climate Commitment in 2008 and again in 2016.

Annual Report

Find out about Temple’s progress toward a more sustainable future by reviewing our Annual Report

How to Recycle Clothing

Person holding mound of clothes

As move-out is quickly approaching, make the ethical choice when cleaning out your closet and purging old clothes!

Fast Fashion

"That $6 top from H&M doesn’t seem so sweet when you consider that Americans produce over 25 billion pounds of textile waste a year and about 85% of consumer textile waste ends up in landfills." - Green Philly Blog

The first place to start is by thinking about where you're shopping. While mass retailers are tempting with their cheap, trendy clothing, the end impact simply isn't worth it. Not only does the clothing fall apart quickly and end up in landfills, but this type of production has been linked with poor work conditions. To learn more, check out True Cost on Netflix.

If you have a pile of this type of clothing lying around, don't worry - it is most likely recyclable.

Give and Go Green

Collection boxes will be in the lobby of every residence hall April 24 - May 12, 2017 as part of the Give and Go Green program on campus. This goes beyond just clothing.

We are accepting any usable items you no longer want. Examples include:

  • Clothing and accessories
  • Kitchen supplies (cooking utensils, silverware, dishes, pots & pans, etc)
  • Small appliances (blenders, coffee makers, irons, fans, vacuum cleaners, etc)
  • Non-upholstered furniture (wooden/plastic/metal chairs, desks, end tables, etc)
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Other household goods (lamps, mirrors, posters, decorative items, etc)
  • Electronics
  • School supplies
  • Non-perishable food items

Philly Donation Drop-Offs

There are multiple places in Philly where you can donate or sell used clothing.

Also, many clothing retailers have started recycling programs where you can drop off old clothing. For example, Levi's, H&M and Madewell let you donate clothing at any store location. Of course, do your research and use your own discretion to decide what organization you feel is best to donate to.

Over-Worn Clothing That Can't Be Donated

For clothing that is too worn to be reused your best bet is to recycle them with a Planet AidGreendrop, or Goodwill donation bin. Most textiles can be broken down their fibers and recycled for insulation, carpet padding, yarn, and other uses.

Repurposing Clothing Scraps

Go ahead and turn worn clothes into rags for around the house! Even better, donate the clean fabric to your local animal shelter for bedding and cleaning rags.


Have your own composting station? You can throw old clothes in there! 100% cotton clothing items with completely break down - just make sure it isn't contaminated with any chemicals.


Source: Green Philly Blog

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