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