Each year, there seems to be a time in which we assess what we have and what we’re actually using, and decide which items we should keep and which ones we should give up. Of course, this can be a lot easier said than done, and not always because of sentimental value. Even if we know what we want to get rid of — it can be a lot more difficult to dispose of unwanted items than it may seem at first. Some things just aren’t appropriate to throw away — either because your garbage service isn’t going to pick them up, or because you know that tossing certain items is bad for the environment, and they’re better off recycled. Of course, recycling things isn’t always easy either. You may decide to give some belongings away, but not everyone is going to want your used clothes. As for selling them online or through a yard sale — well, that’s frequently more trouble than it’s worth. This is why many people choose to turn their unwanted items into charitable donations. Charitable donations to nonprofit organizations have the benefit of not only helping families in need, but helping you clear out your house — among other things. Below, we’ll look into the process of donating clothing to charity, its benefits, and why you should go for it.
Do Charitable Donations Help The Environment?
The quick answer is yes, charitable donations do help the environment. If you’re confused as to how, this is understandable. The fact is that when we throw clothes away, they don’t just disappear. In fact, 12 million tons clothing and textile waste is thrown out in the U.S. each year. Usually, this waste ends up in landfills, where it doesn’t decompose and rather adds to the pollution of the Earth. On average, an individual American will throw out 82 pounds of textiles each year. These textiles could be rather easily recycled. Most simply, they can be recycled as clothing donations. Clothes donations are immediately used by charities. Rather than becoming a part of a landfill and contributing to waste, your clothes can be worn again and help raise money for those in need. Therefore, not only due to charitable donations help people directly — they also help people indirectly by preserving the world’s long-term future. Of course, it’s important to note that clothes aren’t the only items that can be recycled through donation — they’re simply among the types of items that would most often be thrown away rather than recycled in the first place.
Do Clothing Donations Really Make Money For Charity?
When you look at clothes that you’re planning on throwing out or giving away, you might not think anyone would want them. They may be too small or too off-trend. No matter what the reason, you might be skeptical that they’ll actually help charities in the long term. In fact, charities tend to raise great funds through selling donated clothes. More Americans buy used clothing than some would imagine — on average, a typical American will buy 10 pounds of used clothing each year. Charities usually sell only clothing that has been “gently used” and therefore is in good condition. Even when people don’t directly benefit from a charity, it’s extremely helpful for them to have options — some can’t afford expensive clothes, and used clothing gives them the option of buying clothes of good quality at an affordable price. Of course, this also benefits the charity in question — everyone wins.
How Does Donating Clothing Benefit Me?
Of course, making a charitable donation of any kind leaves most people feeling good about themselves. On a practical level, it can also help you clear up space in your home without throwing things in the trash. At times, charitable donations can also be written off in your taxes. You’ll have to consult your specific state’s laws regarding this, but depending on the amount you’ve donated, you may be able to financially benefit as well.