Video of the Week #334: What Happens to the Clothing You Donate


This video, at half an hour, is longer than what I usually post; but I’m asking you to watch it because it reveals a critical problem that I wasn’t even aware of until recently: Western consumerism is literally choking the world. Please watch this, and then add your thoughts to the comments below. What can we do to lessen the problem of discarded clothing?

About Andrea R Huelsenbeck

Andrea R Huelsenbeck is a wife, a mother of five and a former elementary general music teacher. A freelance writer in the 1990s, her nonfiction articles and book reviews appeared in Raising Arizona Kids, Christian Library Journal, and other publications. She is currently working on a young adult mystical fantasy novel and a mystery.

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  1. I always thought I was doing a good thing when I gave my no-longer-wanted clothing to Goodwill. But a few years ago I found out that only 10% of their donated clothing actually makes it into the store. The rest goes out again, some to be made into shop rags, some baled up to be sold cheaply overseas. I still thought that was good, but now I understand that much of it is of such poor quality that even the destitute don’t want it.
    So what do we do?
    The first step is not to buy clothes or other possessions just for the purpose of having more. We should only buy what we need. When possible, we should see if we can buy used instead of new. When we are done with items, we should think if we know someone who can personally use it, and ask them if they want it.
    If we want to give away used clothing, they should be made into as-new-as-possible condition. Washed, stains removed, mended, ironed.
    If we can reuse something in a different form, don’t donate it or discard it, but use it. For example, I have decided to reuse any appropriate material in quilts. That used to be the practice of quilters years ago.
    More ideas? Please share in the comments below.


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