One of the most common ways people interested in helping families in need choose to devote their effort is through a charitable donation. Many Americans donate to charity every year. Whether it’s through small cash donations or large contributions, it’s a common way for many to try to make a difference in the lives of others. In 2014 alone, over $358 billion was given to groups looking for donations.
What many people may not know, however, is that you can and should donate clothes. Organizations looking for donations will be happy to take any extra clothing you or your family have that is still in wearable condition. Every year, about 4.8 billion pounds of clothes are donated by Americans, but that number could be even higher. 10.5 million tons of clothing are sent to landfills by Americans each and every year.
On average, America
Donations of clothing, though having many benefits, can often provide other parts of the world with some serious issues. Donating clothing rather than throwing them away is certainly better for the environment, as donated clothes do not end up in garbage bags which eventually end up in landfills. But some donations of clothing that go from America to other places like India actually cause some problems that most people are unaware of.
According to The Wall Street Journal, India receives many of America’s donations of clothing, often for a price cheaper than what their workers can produce.
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