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Three Reasons to Recycle your Unwanted Clothes this Summer

Fact: if you have clothes in your closet that haven’t been worn for more than six months, it’s time for them to go. This should be true for most of us; Americans own, on average, twice as many clothes as they did in 1998, but throw away about 70 pounds of clothing per year. However, you can support local causes, such as wounded veterans charities, by recycling your unused clothing or by making donations local charities. Here are just a few reasons to reconsider throwing away the extra clothes in the back of your closet.

Your Clothing Donation can Support Wounded Veterans Charities and the Blind.

Donating clothing to charity is a simple and effective way to support nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations that help others. A clothing donation can go to support wounded veterans charities such as the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH), which provides health, education, and family support for veterans. Just as donations can go to support wounded veterans charities, household donations can raise money for advocacy groups for the visually impaired, such as the National Federation of the Blind.*

Clothing Donations are Green Charities.

Nearly all of the clothing in an average household can be recycled. About half of all recycled clothing can still be worn, and for just pennies on the dollar, they can still be worn by low-income people in the United States or by people in the developing world. Not only does this support others in need, but it protects the environment: in 2006, recycling clothing saved over 2 billion pounds of textiles from ending up in landfills.

Donations for nonprofits help your pocketbook.

Making charitable donations to tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations counts toward tax write-offs as well. For example, donating a men’s coat or suit is worth roughly $60 as a tax benefit. Just remember to save your receipts–clothes donations of over $250 will require receipts when it comes time to file your taxes.

No matter which way you look at it, recycling your clothing should give you a sense of pride and accomplishment. Donating clothes to a responsible organization can help the blind, wounded veterans charities, low income people both at home and abroad, and protects our environment, making this planet a better place for us all to live.

*If you know someone who needs help with blindness, please go to www.nfb.org.

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