Breaking Down The Afterlife: Breaking Down The Afterlife

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Breaking down the Afterlife
The Afterlife of clothing is very important to society. Many people do not stop to think about what happens to their clothes after they donate, recycle, or trash them. When Americans discard a piece of clothing we usually do it one of two ways. We send it to Goodwill thinking that it will be resold to someone in need, or if it 's shockingly torn or stained, we throw it away assuming that the lifetime treasures of the garment has past. As consumers we should be very aware of these things because the best alternatives are either recycling or donating. “Common sense and everyday experience tell us that we have so much clothing that a majority goes underused and neglected. According to a 2010 national survey in ShopSmart
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That goes to show that there is much neglect in our wardrobe. Many people donate items that has not even been worn. This is a prime example of how the average American overloads on unnecessary clothing.

Life as A Donor
Donating clothing can be looked upon as a very generous thing. Various donors do not understand the process behind donating. “All clothes donated do not get worn, only about 10 percent of the clothes stay at the charitable institution, and the other 90 percent is sold by the charitable institution to textile recycling firms (ACCRA, GHANA 2006)”. Therefore, if you donate about 20 garments to an institution, they will keep at least 2 of those garments, and the rest will go to a place where they reprocess and reuse used clothing. “About 4.7
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The average American is looking for sales and great deals, but very few look for quality. To keep your clothes alive and vibrant one must start shopping for quality. As consumers form that habit we will not be so anxious to throw away garments and go buy new ones, because the quality clothing will last a long time. Therefore, by the time a consumer is ready to get rid of the garment it will be in good enough shape in the consumers eyes to recycle or donate.

Things to keep in Mind The Afterlife of clothing is not always what we imagine. When tossing a old shirt , donating some jeans, or recycling some fabric; it has a bigger impact on life in America. As consumers we must strive to do better with our textile dispensing, because every little bit matters. Americans send about 10.5 million garments to landfills every year. What could happen if the State communities committed to turning that number into half? After donating clothing only a portion stays at the charitable institution. Once we recycle we will give clothing an opportunity to be reused. If we trash our clothing we open up more doors for pollution. A healthy environment is the key to a healthy body and mind. There has been several studies in the 2000s that indicate the healthiness of the environment we live in have an impact on our mental health as well

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