Back to School: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Every fall, students around the country go back to school, and before that, many go back-to-school shopping. If you plan on buying new clothing and/or shoes for the upcoming school year, please take the time to dispose of your old items in a responsible, eco-friendly way. Clothing and textiles are nearly 100 percent recyclable and your old clothing can be recycled through donation or simple curbside recycling. Many local governments have information on agencies that collect used clothing to assist disadvantaged families in your specific area. This not only makes use of items that would have likely ended up in the landfill, it also provides direct assistance to families in need. In addition to thrift store resale, there are clothing recyclers who convert items to scraps or sell them overseas. Recycled clothing can become anything from cleaning rags and carpet padding to rubberized playgrounds and insulation!

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