Every year, the average person in the United States throws away a large amount of clothing, household textiles, and other types of material. Recent figures show that this may amount to about 70 pounds per person. On an annual basis, this means that a staggering 10.5 million tons of material is deposited into American landfills.
Rather than throwing clothing and other materials away, nearly 100% can be donated instead. It’s important to note that the condition of these items usually doesn’t matter, either. Even though about 45% of the clothing that is donated is worn again, the remainder can be recycled and/or otherwise repurposed.
On an annual basis, 4.7 billion pounds of clothes are donated by Americans, many of which are then sold at charitable stores. Due to people purchasing used clothing in 2