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Spring cleaning? Discern before you donate.

Submitted by on 2019/04/17 – 8:30 am

From the Office of Sustainability

If you have a full wardrobe and are looking to give some of that clothing a second life, please consider where in the world your clothes will end up. It’s commonly misconceived that all our clothing will be reused when it’s donated, but the reality is far less optimistic.

According to a report by CBC, “That’s because donated clothing is just the tip of the iceberg: some 85 percent of clothing in North America isn’t even making it into a bin where it may get a second life, and is instead going directly in a landfill, according to SMART, a group that represents for-profit companies in the recycled textiles industry, including Value Village and Bank & Vogue.”

Here are some local options to consider in Edmonton:

  • Bissel Centre Thrift Shop (great for low-income families and those experiencing homelessness)
  • Find (furniture primarily)
  • YESS (Youth Empowerment Support Services)
  • Goodwill

Donating a hefty load? Consider volunteering your time with these organizations to support their waste diversion and community improvement efforts.