Back to School Shopping?

Back to School Shopping

posted 8/14/2019

What will you do with last year's clothes? 

Now that summer is winding down, families are getting ready for school. Many of us associate going back to school with buying new stuff, such as shoes, backpacks, and clothing. With all the new items filling our closets, where does the old, outgrown clothing go? According to Earth911.com, 85% of our clothing in North America ends up in landfills. That’s more than 10 million tons of clothing per year!

Clothing can be given away or reused in many ways. Here are some tips for giving your old clothes new life.

Buy & sell through social media

Between Facebook Marketplace and other apps, buying and selling items online is easier than ever. Whether it’s getting rid of boys clothing or finding a specific pair of tennis shoes your daughter wants, online is a great place to find or get rid of items that fit specific needs. The best part? You don’t even need to leave your house. It’s a great time of year to market kids’ outgrown clothing on social media because more and more families are using second-hand resources to outfit their kids for school.

Donate!

If you’re not into social media platforms, donating your clothes to a local thrift store is a great option. Thrift stores like Salvation Army and Goodwill take anything from clothing, backpacks, shoes, books, and more! Upon drop-off, the stores sort their donations into three categories; clothing that can be sold in the United States, clothing that is baled and sent overseas in bulk, and clothing that gets cut up to be sold as rags or shredded to be used as fiberfill. If you’re not sure they can use a damaged item, give them a call before dropping off.

Repurpose

Just because clothing has seen a little more “wear and tear,” doesn’t mean it has to be destined for the landfill. There are many ways to repurpose! Check out these fun DIY projects.

By finding new life for old clothes, you save them from ending up in the landfill. You can feel good knowing your old stuff is getting into the hands of someone who really wants and needs it.

Just don’t forget, your Curb It! Cart is not a place for clothes. For more information about where to recycle items that can't go in your Curb It! cart, visit our recycling guide or give us a call at 515.244.0021.