Four Ways to Recycle Your Clothes

 

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Four Ways to Recycle Your Clothes:

1. H&M has a new policy allowing shoppers to donate bags of clothing (which don’t have to be in good condition or carry an H&M label) in exchange for a 15 percent discount on an item of their choice. Puma and The North Face stores also accept worn clothing, and other retailers such as Levi’s, Gap, and Patagonia offer recycling sale events—inquire at local locations to see what’s planned.

2. Planet Aid’s yellow collection bins (popping up soon on a street corner near you) offer peace of mind with a convenience factor. The nonprofit sells collected textiles to vendors in developing countries and uses the profits to support sustainable agriculture programs in sub-Saharan Africa.

3. Earth911.com is a one-stop-shop for recycling resources. Save time with their search engine that lists recycling centers by item type and zip code.

4. Don’t want to get off the couch? You’re lazy. You’re also in luck: More than a dozen local governments in states including Arizona, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Washington, have implemented curbside textile pickup over the past nine months. New York City, for its part, has put clothing collection bins in nearly 250 apartment buildings since 2011, and initiatives such as GrowNYC, a nonprofit with various environmental programs, also offer weekly textile drop-offs at over 26 convenient locations across the city.

via Elle