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Weekly Tips | October 01, 2013

Fashion Forward


When chic becomes retro, your closet is bulging at the seams, and you've fad it with your clothes, there's one trend always in style: being fashion forwarded. Donating or recirculating items is never outmoded!  So come on and Vogue - don't be hemmed in by last season's hemlines - and share your personal style by coming out of the closet with armloads of clothes for the benefit of others!

As you go digging through your dresser for those fall sweaters, set aside items you no longer wear and try one of these alternatives for giving your old clothes new life to the standard Goodwill drop off.

Dress for Success

Promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing donating your lightly used professional attire to Dress for Success, a network of support that provides career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. 

You can further support the cause, and your reuse habit, by shopping for your replacement duds at the 11th Annual YWCA Closet Treasures Sale on October 11-12.

USAgain

USAgain resells gently used clothing in the U.S and other countries, which supports global and local economies. There are many donation locations throughout King County, simply wash your items, collect them in a plastic bag and take them to a collection bin.

Clothing Swap

If you’re tired of your clothing options, but aren’t ready to buy new ones, you can clear out your closet, shop for free, and reduce landfill waste by throwing a “Fashion Forward” clothing swap. While sponsored events are available, (such as this one in Issaquah on 10/20) all you have to do is separate out items you’re willing to part with, ask your friends to do the same, and then invite them all over to peruse the goods. Donate any items that haven’t found new homes by the end of the party. 

Sell, Sell, Sell

If you’d prefer to make a little profit from your closet de-cluttering, take clean clothes in good condition to a local consignment store, or try your hand at selling any high-quality pieces on online via Twice, SwapStyle.com, or Dresm.com.

Sources: Dress For Success | USAgain | Earth 911
 

The Big Picture

Textiles represent 5.2% of the total municipal solid waste stream in the US. In 2010, approximately 13 million tons of textiles were buried in landfills./p>

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, the textile recycling industry prevents 2.5 billion pounds of post-consumer textile product waste from entering the solid waste stream annually.

Sources: US EPA 2010 MSW Report | US EPA Textiles | US EPA MSW Definition

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