Flip on the television or radio, or scroll through your social media feed, and you will likely come across some stories that leave you with an unpleasant feeling. Whether it is a hurricane threatening to destroy life as we know it, or entire groups of people losing their rights, or news of violence and fighting, it seems that the bad news just never stops. If we let it, it can have the power to make us feel useless and as though there is nothing that we can do to try to make the world a better place.
But there is always something to be done, and no matter how seemingly small, every little action that we take with positive intention behind it can be a drop that causes a ripple, making a difference that may at first be unimaginable.
Household donations for a better wo
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