Most Donated Clothing Items End Up In Landfills

June 13, 2018

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While it is a noble idea to donate you used clothing to thrift stores or charitable organizations, most of those donations will still end up in a landfill.  According to an investigative report, 84% of all unwanted clothes end up in landfills, which comes to roughly 400 million pounds of trash annually.  The problem is there is simply too much clothing to process. Technology to transform the old clothes into new items isn’t ready yet and while you may feel your donation is helping those in need, for the most part, it just doesn't happen.  The nicest clothes are resold in local thrift stores, but the vast majority of items head overseas to countries like Pakistan and Malaysia. However the sheer volume of clothing has created hostilities by local clothing makers who find it difficult to compete.  In fact, three African counties have recently banned imports of secondhand clothing, so our landfills are where they end up prematurely. According to a secondhand clothing retailer, Americans simply need to buy less and wear clothing longer. Really consider if you need a clothing item rather than just consuming it to be tossed out later unworn or rarely used. 

SOURCE: Popular Science

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