Sunday, July 4, 2010

Fashion and Helping Others: Better When Together

Question of the day: What is the farthest you will go out of the way in order to make sure those old clothes you want to get rid of are donated to a good cause?  

According to a Goodwill Industries survey of over 600 adults, if you are a typical American, the answer is 10 minutes.  

That's right.  More than half of those surveyed said they wouldn't go more than 10 minutes out of their way to donate those old clothes.  So what can be done to change this? Change the mindset of the average American?  Not likely.  Move the donation locations to the corner of the block or even the hallway of your apartment building? Absolutely.

This September, New York City plans to launch one of the largest clothes recycling programs in the country by placing over 50 bins (just to start) in high traffic areas.  The goal of the project is to make donating the clothes as easy as throwing them away.  And with companies like Goodwill Industries placing bids for the project, this is a winning situation for everyone.  These companies gets more donations, creating more jobs, increasing the amount of merchandise available to stores and making more clothes available to those who need them.  Now you may wonder how it's a winning situation for yourself (selfish jerk).  Well, if you are a broke thrift store hunting student like myself, this means all those designer brands that the most fashionable city in the US  is throwing out, are more likely to end up in your hands.  I think everyone can appreciate the benefits of this program.  Hopefully we see more things like this pop up around the US in the coming years.

You can read the full story here at Yahoo! News.

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