I have an issue with throwing things out, especially clothes. When I go through my (extremely messy) closet and find something I haven’t worn in years, the logical solution would be to donate it or give it away to a friend. And yet, I always think I can transform it into some brand-new, one-of-a kind piece of clothing that looks like I bought it at some boutique. It honestly baffles me that people spend hundreds of dollars on a pair of shorts just because they have some cute design on them.

I have an issue with throwing things out, especially clothes. When I go through my (extremely messy) closet and find something I haven’t worn in years, the logical solution would be to donate it or give it away to a friend. And yet, I always think I can transform it into some brand-new, one-of-a kind piece of clothing that looks like I bought it at some boutique. It honestly baffles me that people spend hundreds of dollars on a pair of shorts just because they have some cute design on them.

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What Really Happens to Your Clothing Donations?. Let's just say they're not all going towards a good cause.

What Really Happens to Your Clothing Donations?. Let's just say they're not all going towards a good cause.

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What Really Happens to Your Clothing Donations?. Let's just say they're not all going towards a good cause.  The vast majority — 85 percent, or 12 million tons — of unused textiles are carted off directly to U.S. landfills each year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. That's more than 7 percent of our national landfill waste. Putting your discarded clothing into the hands of for-profit recyclers is far, far better than stuffing them in the trash bin.

What Really Happens to Your Clothing Donations?. Let's just say they're not all going towards a good cause. The vast majority — 85 percent, or 12 million tons — of unused textiles are carted off directly to U.S. landfills each year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. That's more than 7 percent of our national landfill waste. Putting your discarded clothing into the hands of for-profit recyclers is far, far better than stuffing them in the trash bin.

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Been procrastinating a closet purge? Find out how to turn your clothes into sweet cash, or donate them to families in your community with this chart.

Been procrastinating a closet purge? Find out how to turn your clothes into sweet cash, or donate them to families in your community with this chart.

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150+ companies that have fair trade products, you buy one they give one to someone in need or they donate a portion of their proceeds. Purchase with a purpose!

150+ companies that have fair trade products, you buy one they give one to someone in need or they donate a portion of their proceeds. Purchase with a purpose!

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If you make a non-cash donation such as clothing, furniture, equipment or food to a non-profit, make sure that you get this receipt template for tax purposes. Free to download and print

If you make a non-cash donation such as clothing, furniture, equipment or food to a non-profit, make sure that you get this receipt template for tax purposes. Free to download and print

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What Really Happens to Your Clothing Donations?. Let's just say they're not all going towards a good cause.

What Really Happens to Your Clothing Donations?. Let's just say they're not all going towards a good cause.

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"Because of a Case" donates to amazing causes with every purchase of a case! Whether you want to help save the sea turtles, provide clean water to those in need, or show your support for mental health, we have many different causes that you can help with every purchase of a case!

"Because of a Case" donates to amazing causes with every purchase of a case! Whether you want to help save the sea turtles, provide clean water to those in need, or show your support for mental health, we have many different causes that you can help with every purchase of a case!

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