How to Get Rid of old Clothes Repsonsibly

How to Get Rid of old Clothes Repsonsibly

Only 20% of clothes in thrift stores are resold

The rest is trashed or dumped in developing countries. So, try these other ways to make sure your clothes go to good use.


Give away directly

Offer your clothes for free in online communities like Buy Nothing,, or FB Buy & Sell groups.




Try reselling to consignment shops like Plato's Closet or Buffalo Exchange, or on apps like Poshmark, Mercari, or Depop.


Upcycle or Downcycle

Turn the clothes into something new, like a blanket from old t-shirts, cleaning rags from ratty clothes, or stuffing for pillows.



Give to local orgs

Many orgs need clothes, like foster care programs, homeless shelters, domestic violence centers, and refugee orgs.


Recycle or trade-in

Some brands have take-back programs, like For Days, Levi's, Nike, Patagonia, H&M, and DSW. 

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