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When back-to-school clothes shopping...

Consider the environmental impact

The trendy outfits are adorable and hard to resist buying for your child, especially when they beg for the sequined skirt or latest kicks. But all those purchases have consequences beyond the moment of fast fashion, as poorly made clothes wear out quickly and end up in landfills. In fact, Americans throw away over an astonishing 32 billion pounds of textiles a year.

Clothing does not belong in your recycling bin, and they will be thrown away if they arrive at a recycling facility. The best place to take clothing that is still wearable is a donation center, such as a thrift store. Some thrift stores may have recycling options for textiles. If an item of clothing is no longer usable, it belongs in the garbage.

Well-made clothes are available for every budget, are built to last and can be worn often. When you’re clothes shopping for kids, consider items from reputable brands made from durable fabrics like 100% cotton. Look for pants with reinforced knees and strong stitching, in classic styles. Initially, you may pay a bit more for better quality items, but in the long run, well-made clothes will save you money — and help the environment.

Find more recycling guidance:

Source: Oregon Department of Environmental Quality


Brought to you by:

Sarah Grimm

Sarah Grimm is the Waste Reduction Specialist for Lane County Public Works.

She is an avid gardener, flyfisher and lover of the great outdoors.


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