Clothing & Textiles

Put in Recycling Cart/Bin

To recycle, tie clean clothing and textiles inside a clear plastic bag. 

If your items are in good condition, consider donating them.

Ways to Reduce

Buy Clothes Secondhand

You can find lightly worn or even brand-new clothing at consignment or thrift shops. Help reduce your carbon footprint and reuse what’s in circulation.

Ways to Reuse

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Sell to a Consignment Shop

Consider reselling lightly worn clothes to a secondhand for-profit shops, like Buffalo Exchange, Plato’s Closet, Clothes Mentor or Once Upon a Child. These stores look for clothes from popular brands.

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Set Up an Online Listing

Try going online to swap and/or sell old threads. Here is a list of those sites:  eBay, thredUPswap.com, Poshmark and Tradesy.

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Gift as a Hand-Me-Down

Get rid of children’s clothing by giving them to friends or neighbors as a gift for their children. Children quickly outgrow their clothes, so hand-me-downs are practically brand-new.

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Give to Charity

Consider donating clothing that might be too difficult to sell in order to keep it out of landfills. You can donate unwanted clothes to any of these nonprofits:  GoodwillThe Salvation Army, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Vietnam Veterans of America and PlanetAid.

Did You Know?

Microplastic Pollution from Synthetic Clothing

Every time you wash synthetic clothing, tiny fibers from the fabric — microplastics — are swept down the drain and into our water system. A 2015 study found plastic debris from textiles in 67 percent of fish species sampled, including many species consumed by humans. In response, this company is developing a microfiber catcher that you toss in your washing machine to prevent the fibers from polluting our waterways.

A Market for Damaged Clothing

The Renewal Workshop is a company that repairs imperfect clothing and sells it at a discount so that it won’t end up in a landfill. They have partnered with clothing manufacturers such as prAna, Ibex and Toad&Co. Learn more about their work toward building sustainable clothing systems here.