- Livia Firth
to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 84 percent of unwanted clothes in
the United States in 2012 went into either a landfill or an incinerator. For the more eco-conscious, you’ll probably
haul your bags to Goodwill, or the Salvation Army and get a tax receipt! Before
you pat yourself on the back for your “greenness”, consider this: According to
the Council for Textile Recycling, charities overall sell only 20 percent of
the clothing donated to them at their retail outlets. A lot of the clothes are
sold, packed in bales and sent across the ocean to developing areas like
sub-Saharan Africa, South America and China (source).
This is not meant to discourage you from donating your old clothes- it’s by far a better option than throwing them in the trash. This is meant to have you consider the root cause of over consumption. Buy less and buy better!
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