How to Recycle or Donate Work Clothes
Time to declutter your closet? Before you throw out any work clothes, consider donating to a charity or finding other ways to recycle them.
Read on to learn how to give your work clothes new life and avoid the landfill.
Where to Donate Clothes
Dress for Success - This is a perfect place to donate work clothes. Dress for Success is a non-profit that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and development tools. They seek donations (which are tax-deductible) of clothing pieces acceptable for interviews. Check for locations here.
DSW - DSW partners with Soles4Souls to collect gently-worn shoe donations at all of their store locations. Donations are tax deductible and you'll receive 50 points in your DSW VIP account.
Thrift Stores and Other Non-Profits - Charity thrift stores like Goodwill, Salvation Army, Value Village, and others accept clothing donations. Shelters and refugee assistance organizations may also need professional clothes for their clients. To find one in your area, simply do a web search and find the donation policy on their website.
Where to Recycle Clothes
H&M - You can drop off clothing at each H&M store for recycling. This is a great option for well-worn clothing because they take any brand in any condition. Even odd socks and old sheets. The textiles are sent to the nearest recycling plant, where they will be donated to second hand stores, reused in new garments, or reused for things like insulation, depending on the fabric and its condition. For every bag of textiles you drop off, you’ll receive a discount card for 15% off your next in-store purchase.
Columbia Sportswear - The Columbia ReThreads program collects clean clothing and shoes to send to textile processing centers to be sorted for recycling or reuse. Again, they take products in any brand, any condition.
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- Michelle Chang