Did you know that the average American trashes around 70 pounds of shoes, clothing, and other textiles every year? This adds up to over 11 million tons of textile waste nationwide. But when you recycle textiles, you keep valuable resources in use, reduce energy consumption, limit waste, and preserve landfill space.

The Council for Textile Recycling wants us all to “Wear.Donate.Recycle.” So go through your closet and bag up all clothing, shoes, and other textiles that are no longer being worn then have a yard sale, take them to a consignment shop, or donate them. To find locations in your area, visit the Council for Textile Recycling, check locations for charities like Goodwill Industries and the Salvation Army, or search for local consignment shops, food pantries and thrift stores on the web.

To see what happens when you donate and recycle textiles, check out the Life Cycle of Secondhand Clothing. For ideas about yard sales, read Trash to Treasure.

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