Recycling clothes is getting easier and easier to do. If you don’t live in New York with their handy textile recycling bins or by a Goodwill, try Planet Aid, a non-profit organization that collects and resells donated clothing to benefit needy countries throughout the world. Started in 1997 they have donated about $60 million and are active in 15 states in the US.
Planet Aid helps to drive economic development, improve the environment, prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, and eliminate poverty in developing countries, among other things.
I Just Gotta Tell Ya In 2009
- Planet Aid collected 100 million pounds of clothing for reuse,
- Eliminated 360 million pounds of greenhouse gases that would be released into the atmosphere through the production of new clothing
- Planet Aid saved 72 billion gallons of water,
- 20 million pounds of pesticides through our textile recycling program during 2009.
- Provided $14.7 million in direct and in-kind support for education, agricultural training, health and sanitation, and HIV/AIDS counseling.
They have more than 11,000 drop off bins in the US, you can find a bin locator here
In addition to being environmentally-friendly, proceeds from the sale of donated clothes help fund programs serving the people of Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and Asia:
- Community development programs that improve the standard of living for families in impoverished areas through a holistic, community-based approach with a focus on education and healthcare.
- Health programs with a focus on giving HIV/AIDS affected communities the knowledge and tools necessary to take control of the epidemic.
- Agricultural development programs that provide training to small-scale farmers to create food security and income for their families.
- Vocational schools that provide education and training to undereducated youth, allowing them to work and contribute to their communities.
- Teacher training programs that produce qualified and compassionate primary school teachers for rural areas of the developing world.