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Discussions Discussion Reuse & repurpose
Kathryn Criaco, Nov. 26, 2011

There is no reason not to reuse and recycle. Many people think it is really hard because you have to put a lot of effort into it, but you don’t. According to Utah.edu Americans throw away enough garbage to fill 63,000 garbage trucks a day. Unfortunately I never really recycled before this project, but after reading all the ways to recycle and researching it I see how useful recycling is. Recycling saves money and landfill space and it reduces energy use, fuel use, and the rate of global warming. It also improves efficiency, air quality, and water quality. By just recycling one ton of aluminum, 14,000 kWh of electricity, 1,663 gallons of oil, 237.6 million Btu’s of energy, and 10 cubic yards of landfill space can be saved. Recycling one aluminum can can save enough energy to run a TV for three hours. Now think about how much resources could be saved if people recycled all of their glass, paper, plastic, cardboard, and steel. The website linked has a lot of information about how much each material saves and how much Americans waste. It helps you realize why recycling is important.
Reusing is also important and there are many organizations to help with this. I know this because when I was in fourth and fifth grade I grew a lot and at the end of each of those years I had a lot of clothes that had not really been worn, but did not fit me. Donating clothes is not only a good deed, but is also very good for the earth. One store that I think is a really good charity is the Interfaith Hand Me Up Shop. This is a nonprofit shop that funds community outreach programs, such as helping un or under employed people with living expenses, elderly outreach programs, meals on wheels for South Montgomery Program, and family crisis intervention. I work in this shop sometimes for NCL, all of the employees are volunteer and they sell donated clothes for a cheap price. I think this is one of the best stores because it helps fund majority of the charities around where I live, but there are also places like the Salvation Army and there are some places that even pay you for your clothing, like Playdoughs Closet.

Kathryn Criaco

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Discussions Discussion Reuse & repurpose
Emma B-USA, Nov. 25, 2011

There is no stopping some people when it comes to fashion. The new season, latest trend, and the newest style requires buying more new clothes. I know I love to shop and many people do. But what do you do with your old clothes that you don’t want anymore. According to http://ehp03.niehs.nih.gov/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1289%2Fehp.115-a449, “Americans throw away more than 68 pounds of clothing and textiles per person per year, and clothing and other textiles represent about 4% of the municipal solid waste.” Now all that clothing that you don’t want anymore could be put to good use by giving it to the less fortunate or donating it to good causes. Before I do my shopping every season I clean on my closet, I take the clothes that don’t fit, I don’t like, or are out of style and I either give them to Good Will or some other clothing donation site. Another thing I love to do is donate some items to places where people up-cycle clothing. By up-cycling clothing you can turn out-of-style pieces in-style clothing. Any of these ways to recycle, re-purpose, and for others to reuse your out-of-date clothes is really helping your carbon footprint. It’s great to have to new trends and show your style, but make sure you’re being eco-friendly about where your old clothes go. What are some organizations you like to donate your clothes to?

Emma B-USA
Comments (2)
  • Hannah U-USA Hannah U-USA Nov. 26, 2011
    I do the same thing. My family loves to donate anything we do not need anymore to Good Will. I also donate things to Purple Heart. This is another foundation that gives to the military families that need help. http://www.mophsf.org/donate/ There is no point to have clothes sitting in your clost that you will never wear again. This is a great idea that everyone should do.
  • Tori B -USA Tori B -USA Nov. 26, 2011
    Donating clothing is such a great way to reuse the clothes. Also, people can design and sew new clothing from old material. The new clothes really look great, and design and sewing are great hobbies. So, it is a fun way to reuse clothing! Here is a great link on “do it yourself fashion” that can answer some questions on designing and sewing your own clothes.


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