Clothing is essential and having clothing very much so. After all, most of us have a great deal of clothing, enough of it that we are equipped for all the seasons we might face and then some. Clothing can be used for purely practical means, of course, but it can also be used for purposes of fashion. Many people choose the clothes that they wear as a means of self expression. For a great many people, clothing is how they better identify themselves and the clothing they choose can go a long way towards helping them to feel more and more comfortable in their bodies.
But sometimes we find ourselves with more clothing than we wear, more clothing than we actually know what to do with. For many people, after all, buying clothing has become easier and more alluring than ever before. As a matter of fact, online shopping has brought wider access to all kinds of clothing and this online shopping has made consumption in general all the more simple. As of recent data, it has even been found that someone living even just 20 years in the past would be consuming up to two times less (at least in terms of clothing) than someone living in today’s world. And this is a trend that is only likely to grow and grow in the years that are to come.
So when it comes time to clean out your closet, consider making charitable donations in the form of your used clothes. Such charitable donations, after all, are beneficial for a number of different reasons. For one thing, charitable donations of many kinds benefit members of our communities – and of our global community, for that matter – more than you might realize. Organizations that accept clothing donations are many, and such organizations will likely accept charitable donations of other textile goods as well. If you can give back to your community without spending any money, you should – and such charitable donations are a truly great way to do it.
After all, charitable donations of clothing donations and other such textile donations are very much necessary from an environmental standpoint as well. Unfortunately, we throw away too many things and the crisis of waste and pollution is an immense one not just here in the United States but all throughout the world as well. And if we don’t take steps to make a change, this problem is only going to grow worse and worse in the years that are to come. Already, the average person throws away around 80 pounds of textile goods even though almost all of all textile goods can actually be recycled. And currently, only around 15% of used clothing is actually being recycled in the form of charitable donations instead of simply just thrown away and sent to the nearest landfill. This means that up to ten and a half million tons of used clothing will end up various landfills on a yearly basis.
But making charitable donations in the form of used clothing has become easier than ever, something that is evidenced by the more than four and a half billion pounds of used clothing donations that are made each and every year throughout this one country on its own. The demand for used clothing has also gone up. Already, people buy up to ten pounds of used clothing per year. And while certainly fast fashion is a growing problem in our world as a whole, people buying used clothing instead of brand new clothing is something that will go a long way towards sustainability, which is a goal that each and every one of us should be working towards as much as we are able to do so.
There is hope, and charitable donations of clothing and other textile goods help to make that hope more prevalent than ever. With this hope and with the charitable donations that are made each and every day, people can begin to make a difference in this world, both within their communities as well as on a much larger scale, even a global one. Helping those in need and protecting our planet are two things that should very much be priorities in the hearts and minds of the American public.