What to do with those clothes you don't want anymore

In a recent blog, we shared with you about the impact of the fast fashion industry. We told you how it is greatly affecting people all over the world as well as the environment. If you haven’t read this blog yet, take a moment and go read it now.

At the end of that post, I shared a few tips on how we can help combat the fast fashion industry. In this post, I want to share a few more tips with you, specifically on what to do with those clothing items that you can’t donate because they are worn out.

You know those items that you have loved and worn till they just can’t be worn anymore. You might be like me and would just throw those items in the trash because you know they would end up there anyway if you donated those items. So, we are here to (hopefully) help you figure out what to do with those items.

1. Jeans or any denim material

If you have a pair of jeans that you can’t donate or sell because you have worn them till they can’t be worn anymore, then you should consider sending them to the Blue Jeans Go Green project. They take your denim items and turn it into insulation for housing for organizations like Habitat for Humanity. You can mail your denim products to them or you can find a collection site near you. Check out the website to learn more about them and how they are keeping denim out of landfills.

2. T-shirts

If you have some old t-shirts lying around your room, then the possibilities are endless as to what you could with them. Yes, you could donate them but you could also upcycle them into some cool and somewhat easy to do projects like a t-shirt rug, reusable tote bag, or a t-shirt rag. Check out our Pinterest board and be sure to follow it for some fun recycling/upcycling ideas.

3. Tennis shoes

If your tennis shoes have come to the end of their lifespan, regardless of their brand, then consider taking them into a Nike store. Nike has this cool Reuse-A-Shoe program that works with their program Nike Grind, where they take your old tennis shoes and recycle them into anything from new footwear and apparel to sports surfaces like tracks, gyms, and playgrounds.

4. Textile recycling

Another option for your worn out items is to find a drop off location near you that take those items and recycles them for you. Check out the Council for Textile Recycling website to find a drop-off location and to learn more about how textiles are affecting the environment.

5. Winter coats

You most likely already know this, but you can always take those unwanted, but still in good condition winter coats to your local homeless shelter. Most shelters are extremely grateful for the clothing you donate, but just make sure it’s all in good condition!

These are just a few tips as to what you can do with your clothing items. We recommend that you do your own research to find out what are the best ways to donate or recycle items in your area. We would also love to hear if you have any other cool ideas that we didn’t share!