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The Huge Impacts of Donating Used Clothing and Textiles

Written by Swap Shop on July 12th, 2016. Posted in Clothes donations, Donations for non profit organizations, Support for military families

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As many as 12 million tons of textile and clothing waste is thrown out every year in the United States. The average American will throw away 70 pounds of clothing each year. Where does all this clothing go? Straight to our landfills. According to EPA estimates, textiles and clothing account for 5% of landfill space. Only 15% of post-consumer textile waste is actually recycled. The other 85% goes to the landfills.

This textile waste is generated on top of the other solid waste we’re already throwing away. On average, individuals will generate around 4.5 pounds of trash each day. This translates to 1.5 tons of solid waste being dumped into our landfills per person per year. As of 2014, there were 318.9 million people in the United States. If each of us generates 1.5 tons of solid waste each year, we’re