It’s no secret that our planet needs more and more help as time goes on. Anything we can do to stop the pollution of our planet needs to be put into action as soon as possible. As a singular person, you may often feel like you have no way to cause any real change in the world. We’re here to tell you that that’s not true. When everyone works together, we can collectively make a huge difference. If you want to lessen your impact on the environment, consider donating your old clothing. We’ll show you how donating clothes helps the environment, so you can become someone more environmentally conscious.
The Issues with Fast Fashion
We should first look at how the fashion industry currently affects the environment. As more and more people enter the middle class, the demand for new clothes goes up as well. This high demand for new clothes has created a push for faster clothing manufacturing processes. Unfortunately, these faster processes often involve greater damage to the environment. This can result from the factory’s practices or the materials used in the clothes.
The fashion industry has a bad habit of changing what’s “in fashion” in order to sell more clothes more quickly. Because many people want to stay fashionable, they buy new clothes too often and discard perfectly good clothes that still have plenty of life in them. Combined with the fact that many clothing production methods are extremely wasteful and harmful to the environment, this means that consumers need to lower their demand for new clothes and use what they already have.
Nobody likes landfills. They are ugly, harmful, and take up far too much space in our world. When you throw away clothing, you’re consigning it to an eternity in a landfill somewhere, to clog up valuable space. Every year, tons of clothing articles are discarded and end up in landfills for no good reason. Many of these clothing items are in perfectly serviceable conditions as well.
By donating your clothing, you stop the landfills from getting bigger and you keep usable material from being thrown in the trash. Many mass-produced clothing lines have fibers inside of them that will never break down, no matter how much time passes. These clothing fibers can do serious harm to the planet if left in a landfill. Donating your clothes gives them a new life that isn’t in a dump somewhere.
Lowering Your Carbon Footprint
As we mentioned, certain fibers in mass-produced clothing don’t break down at all. Unfortunately, some of those that do break down do so in harmful ways. When textiles are placed in landfills, they can release two of the most damaging chemicals to our environment: methane and carbon dioxide. That’s not to mention the emissions from textile factories as well, which contribute a large amount of greenhouse gases every year.
Donating clothes helps the environment in two ways. Keeping clothing from reaching the trash means that it won’t start breaking down and releasing gases that harm the planet. It also creates less demand for new clothing. With less demand, textile factories will not produce as many clothes, thus reducing their overall greenhouse gas emissions. The first step toward reducing your own carbon footprint starts with a simple drop off to one of our clothes donation boxes. You can make a difference for the environment, even in a small way.
Reduction in Water Consumption
Most people don’t think how much water goes into the production of each article of clothing. In addition to greenhouse gases and soil pollution, the diminishing amount of water on the planet is another cause for concern. The fashion industry uses an enormous amount of water every year in the production of new clothes. For example, people often grow cotton in extremely dry climates, making their demand for water much higher than the average.
By choosing to donate your clothes instead of tossing them, you break the cycle of overusing fresh water. Lower demand means factories won’t need as many clothes materials that require huge amounts of water. In addition to this, clothes dyeing pollutes an egregious amount of water in its processes as well. When the demand for new clothes goes down, the amount of dyeing is reduced as well, saving tons of water in the process.
Helping Those in Need
By helping those in need with donations of clothing items, we can do a lot to help the environment. One of the biggest reasons to donate clothing is to aid people that have been affected by natural disasters as a result of climate change. Many of these people can no longer afford clothing. Clothes that could have been sitting in a landfill taking up space will instead help the people that need them the most. You can also help those in your immediate community this way, helping to foster a sense of inclusion and engagement.
Circular Economy Changes
Donations can even change the way our economy works. Right now, our economy is heavily based on consumption alone. This overconsumption of goods and materials causes so much harm to the environment. We should strive for a circular economy; one in which everyone reuses and recycles items whenever possible. This way, everyone will be doing their part to help save the planet. This shift to a more sustainable economy is something that can cause drastic and long-term change for the better.
Here at GreenDrop, we value the environment just like we value our customers. We can’t live without either, so we need to take care of them as much as we possibly can. GreenDrop provides a place where you can drop off your clothes, so you don’t have to worry about them ending up in a landfill or adding to the cycle of pollution. GreenDrop can also pick up your old items directly from your home. The next time you find a drawer of clothes you no longer need, give us a call, and we’ll gladly take them off your hands.