Socially-conscious Americans tend to donate to charitable organizations. Furthermore, when someone is socially-conscious, they are often environmentally-conscious as well.
Donating clothing and other household items to non-profit organizations such as veterans charities, is one way that Americans give back to their communities. These individuals are also aware that they are helping military families in need.
Recent research indicates that 12 million tons of clothing and textiles are thrown out every year. This signifies that approximately 82 pounds per person are thrown away rather then recycled or donated to charitable organizations such as veterans charities.
A recent survey showed that most Americans, approximately 95.4%, engage in some type of charitable giving. This may be through volunteering as well as donating household items and clothing that they no longer need or use.
While many Americans do recycle, approximately 10.5 million tons of clothing and other items end up in landfills every year. It’s been found that only 15% of Americans recycle or donate their clothing and household textiles.
What does this signify? That even though textiles can be reused, they actually have the worst recycling rate. Fortunately, however, two million tons of used clothing is recycled every year. While less than half of this clothing is actually worn again, some of it is. On average, Americans purchase approximately ten pounds of used clothing on an annual basis.
Recycled clothing is also used for the following purposes:
- Industrial rags: 30%
- Couch stuffing and home insulation: 20%
The Council for Textile Recycling has found that 25 billion pounds of new textiles are produced over the course of a year. While 85% of these materials end up in landfills, charitable organizations receive the remainder.
In 2011 alone, for example, it was estimated that two tons of textiles and clothing were donated. These items were then able to benefit organizations that accept clothing donations, such as veterans charities.
Were you aware that non-profit organizations such as veterans charities will pick up your donations? They also have convenient locations where you can hand-deliver your donations. It’s important to encourage family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues to donate unneeded items rather than throw them away. Read more blogs like this.