Southern California Edition
Aluminum cans, newspapers, plastic and glass bottles — all easy to recycle — clothing, not so much. There are a number of reasons why clothing doesn’t belong in the curbside recycling can, or the landfill for the matter. We’ll be discussing the challenges to textile recycling in a future blog post.
If you live in Southern California, here are some places to take clothing that’s been gathering dust and taking up room in your closet:
Goodwill of Southern California — find a donation center near you here.
Local Consignment Stores in Amiga Yoga’s Backyard — It’s great to establish a relationship with a local consignment store - you get to know the staff and what they look for. There are tons of consignment shops reselling all types of clothing and accessories. Here are a few favorites from around LA….
Increasingly retailers are also taking clothing back, sometimes the program is not very discerning — like H&M, Levi’s, The North Face, and Madewell. Other times, it is is brand-specific, like Patagonia. Here are more details.
Patagonia Stores (Santa Monica, Pasadena and Ventura) — will buy back your Patagonia clothing through their Worn Wear program. You’ll receive a gift card you can use in the store or online through patagonia.com or wornwear.com.
The North Face — Recycle your used apparel and footwear (any condition, any brand) at North Face stores and earn a $10 reward toward your next purchase of $100 or more at The North Face. The shoes dropped in our collection bins are sent to Soles4Souls. Their mission is to create sustainable jobs and provide relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing. The items put into our bins are used for disaster relief or micro-enterprise programs that aim to provide small entrepreneurs with business opportunities.
H&M Stores - Drop your bag of unwanted clothing in the recycling box at your local store. All textiles are welcome – any brand, any condition – even odd socks, worn-out T-shirts and old sheets. The textiles are then sent to the nearest recycling plant, where they’re sorted by hand. For every bag of textiles you drop off, you’ll receive a discount card for 15% off your next in-store purchase. Learn more.
Levi’s & Madewell — both retailers have partner with Blue Jeans Go Green. Bring any brand of denim to a Levi’s or Madewell store. Madewell will give you $20 toward a fresh pair. See here for more details. Levi’s stores (and Outlets) will have a recycling box where you can drop off any denim from any brand and give your jeans a new life in exchange for 20% off a single item. The collected denim will be used specifically as materials for building insulation, a portion of which will go towards community-oriented projects, such as libraries, hospitals and schools.
And for shoes, donate directly to Soles4Soules — they can send you a shipping label. Learn more here.