Who Pays the Price for Our Clothing? The True Cost
As a professional organizer and Certified KonMari Consultant I have seen the true cost of fast fashion and mass consumerism first hand and quite honestly it scares me. I embraced the concept of Spark Joy precisely because it teaches us to be intentional and to only bring those things into our lives that serve us best. When my clients declutter, I take the extra step and effort and help them donate strategically so their items have at least one more life cycle if they let them go. You don’t need so much stuff but when you do need to purchase something choose quality and something that is sustainable. Clutter has tentacles that can reach into the financial and emotional areas of your life and can come with a very high cost. The movie “The True Cost” is a real
So where can you donate so it does not go to a landfill or does damage to the economies of third world countries? If you keep your eyes open and think beyond the traditional donation places there are a multitude of places where you can move your things along for them to do good. Here are some of our non-traditional, ethical donation suggestions for your unwanted items.
- Humane Society – sheets, towels, cleaning supplies
- Animal Rescue Sanctuaries https://www.sopercreekwildlife.com
- Homeless Shelters
- Churches often take donations of good used items for their bazaars
- Libraries often take books in good used condition
- Food banks: Unused, non-expired canned goods, rice, cereal, pasta, etc.
- Bikes Without Borders outfits refugees and low-income families living in under-served Toronto communities with refurbished bicycles through The Great Bike Recycle
- Diabetes Canada https://declutter.diabetes.ca
- Gently used furniture can be donated to https://www.furniturebank.org or https://www.habitatdurham.com
- https://www.valuevillage.com Value Village is a for-profit thrift retailer.
- https://www.kidney.ca/kidney-clothes-ontario to donate cloth based items
- https://www.durham.ca/en/living-here/special-events-in-waste-management.aspx check here for reuse days and special events where you can drop off your donations and the region will donate on your behalf
- http://thebridesproject.com donate your gown and all proceeds of the sale will go towards cancer research and charities
- http://www.africycle.org accepting donations of mountain bikes to go to Malawi and increase the mobility of the residents of that country
- When the weather is warmer hold a Yard Sale for the Cure and donate the profits to help find a cure for breast cancer.
- https://www.freecycle.org a free membership based grassroots and nonprofit movement of people who are giving and getting stuff for free and keeping good stuff out of landfills.
- Dire is an anti-poverty organization that gets items direct into the hands of homeless individuals. Call (289) 975-4957 for drop off points.
- www.muslimwelfarecentre.com Muslim Welfare Centre is now collecting warm winter wear.
Crayola has a program called ColorCycle that will ensure your dead markers (they accept all brands) will not end up in our landfills or our oceans! Follow this link for a free label to ship your old markers to them! Crayola pays all shipping charges! http://www.crayola.ca/about-
If you know of any additional donation places please let us know as we are always updating our list and will be sharing this on our website for future reference.
One last suggestion, If something is broken, try and repair it first. You will save money by not having to repurchase the same item and save our planet by not overburdening our landfills.