Textile waste and the fashion industry now cause nearly as much pollution and landfill waste as big oil. Going green with your (clothing) habits is more important than ever, and fortunately, it’s fairly easy to mitigate your personal impact on the environment. Start with addressing how you dispose of old clothes. The average American throws out around 70 pounds of textiles every year. To reduce waste, go through your unwanted clothes and divide them based on condition. Then, try an eco-friendly way to get rid of things rather than throwing them in the trash.
If you just throw away or donate all of your used clothes, you may be throwing out money. Just because you don’t want to wear that summer dress anymore doesn’t mean no one else does. In fact, someone would probably be willing to pay for it. Name-brand fashion consignment sites are popular online, but there are lots of small, local businesses that sell goods on consignment, too. You give them the clothes you want to sell, they do the work of drawing in customers, and when your stuff sells, they give you a payout. Other online marketplaces, ranging from Craigslist and eBay to Facebook and Instagram, give you the chance to sell used clothing directly. It’s a little more work, but you keep all of the profit.