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07/12/2010

Opt for Recycled Clothes Instead of New

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Recycle If organic made clothing doesn’t fit into your budget, don’t worry, there are still plenty of ways to be eco-chic. You can still help the environment by recycling the clothing you have. Recycling clothes can be cheap and fun for those who like to get creative with their wardrobe. Thrift stores such as Goodwill and The Salvation Army allow people to donate old clothing and purchased gently used items at very low costs.

Donating old clothing and fabrics instead of throwing them out greatly reduces waste. The commercial recycling company U’SAgain—which runs private for-profit recycling services in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Minneapolis, Seattle, St. Louis and elsewhere—finds that some 85 percent of the 70 pounds of textiles the average American purchases each year ends up land filled.

Can’t find anything you like in the thrift store? Why not try a friend’s closet? Next time you and your girlfriends feel the need to go shopping, try having a clothing swap instead. This will give everyone a chance to be thrifty and environmentally-friendly. Trading clothing and accessories with your friends allows you to mix it up and possibly get your hands on that cute blouse your best friend has that you’ve been dying to try on, all while saving our environment.

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