Green Ways to Get Rid of Clothing You No Longer Wear

Everyone eventually has clothing they no longer wear. Those clothes might actually be in great condition, but you might have many reasons for not making them a regular part of your wardrobe. Maybe they don’t fit you physically, or they just don’t fit your style anymore. If you’re part of the growing awareness about fashion products and garments adding to landfill waste, then you might be looking for green ways to get rid of clothing you no longer wear. Here are a few ways you can accomplish this without contributing to the growing landfills.

Attend a Swap Meet

Community swap meets are times and places when people get together with things they no longer want that might still be useful to someone else. It’s bartering at its most basic, as you can swap out things you don’t want for things you find. This type of gathering embodies the idea that “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”. You can take all your unwanted clothing, as well as any other household items you no longer use but are still in good condition. You’ll be able to swap out your clothing for other items that better suit your needs. There is no cash involved in these transactions, so be prepared to talk to other people there to make trades that work for everyone.

Consignment Stores

People love to shop local clothing boutiques for deals, vintage choices, and the chance to get things very unique and distinct from modern fashion or mass-produced clothing. The way most of these stores work is that you bring in your garments for them to look over. Anything they think they can sell, they might be happy to take. If they sell, you get a percentage of the sale, as do they. Some boutique stores will also just buy your clothes without waiting to see if they sell.

Sell Them Yourself

You can sell your clothes on your own if you want. You can do this through a yard sale or garage sale, but you might also list them online via an auction or e-commerce site. If you have any garments of particularly high value or just a large batch that can go all at once, this might make more sense.

Donate to Charity

If you’re not able to sell your clothes, or you just don’t want to put in the time and effort, then you can always donate your clothes to charity. Numerous charities accept clothing donations. They might resell them on their own, or they might gift them to people in need. Some charities might even recycle or repurpose the fabrics for other uses.

Most people have numerous garments in their drawers or closets that they don’t wear anymore. When the time comes that you want to dispose of yours, consider these green ways to move on from them instead of just sending them to your local landfill.

About the author:

Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber;

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