What to do with clothing you’re no longer wearing?

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 doesnt belong in the curbside recycling can, or the landfill for the matter. Well 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 thats 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 Yogas Backyard Its 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.

The Closet Trading Co (Santa Barbara, Augora Hills, Santa Monica, Woodland Hills) - https://www.theclosettradingco.com/
Trove (Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles) -  https://www.trove.la/
The RealReal (on Melrose) - https://www.therealreal.com/la
The Left Bank (Silverlake) https://theleftbankla.bigcartel.com/about
Wasteland (Los Angeles, Studio City, Santa Monica) http://www.shopwasteland.com/
Gift of Garb (Los Feliz) - https://giftofgarb.com/


Increasingly retailers are also taking clothing back, sometimes the program is not very discerning like H&M, Levis, 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. Youll 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 theyre sorted by hand. For every bag of textiles you drop off, youll receive a discount card for 15% off your next in-store purchase. Learn more.

Levis & Madewell both retailers have partner with Blue Jeans Go Green. Bring any brand of denim to a Levis or Madewell store. Madewell will give you $20 toward a fresh pair. See here for more details. Levis 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.

There are also lots of online marketplaces to sell (and buy) used clothing. Be sure to check out ThredUp, The RealRealand Poshmark if you dont want to brave the freeways.

And for shoes, donate directly to Soles4Soules they can send you a shipping label. Learn more here.