Tuesday, April 18, 2017

6 Reasons Why Should You Donate Your Clothing at Your Local Value Village

It’s finally full blown spring in Seattle! I’m so happy that our 6 months of fall and winter has finally ended. I’m also excited to transition my wardrobe to spring. As I add new pieces like off the shoulder tops and dresses, I also look to clothes get rid of clothes that I haven’t worn in a year. Being a fashion blogger means I have a LOT of clothes. It also means I probably have a lot of clothes that I don’t need any more.

This past weekend I cleaned out my closet. I literally have two large bags of clothes that I don’t need any more. And after my little sister takes her picks of my clothes, I’m going to donate the rest of items at my local Value Village.

I’m a frequent shopper at Value Village. I shop for both office/work place attire and everyday clothes. I’ve found some of my favorite pants or blouses in second hand stores.

With the exception of my shoes and watch, this entire office look is from Value Village. These pants are originally from Express, the white button down is Talbots, and I’m not sure what the purse brand is, but it’s such a statement!

Here are 6 Reasons Why Donating Your Clothing at Your Local Value Village Benefits Your Community & Environment:

1.   Did you know that the fashion industry is the second most polluting industry in the world? (the most polluting industry is oil). The industry needs a lot of water to produce the 150 billion plus articles of clothing a year. The coal we use to support the apparel industry contributes 10% of global carbon emissions. Can you believe 26 Billion pounds of clothing also end up in landfills each year

 Additionally, we dump resins, dyes, and other toxins into developing economies Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan, and the Philippines. In fact, these developing economies are supporting 60% of the textile production for the fashion industry. 

2.   Did you know it takes 2700 liters or 713 gallons of water to make one t-shirt? According to National Geographic’s video, that’s enough for one person to drink water for 900 days. Since we only have access to one percent of the world’s fresh water, how we decide to allocate our resources and the choices we make matter. Almost 1 billion people don’t have access to clean drinking water. We may not be able to change their situations, but we can still make a difference by donating unwanted clothing and choosing to shop second hand.

 3.   Did you know that 54% of Northern Americans threw away unwanted clothing or household goods in 2016? Americans throw away 81lbs. of textile each year. Those who threw away rather than donating, 62% didn’t believe a donation center would accept them and 19% did not know what to do with them. 

4.   Did you know that 55% of Seattleites threw away unwanted used clothing or household goods in 2016? Of those who threw away used goods, 66% of respondents didn’t think any donation center would take it and 24% thought it was more convenient to throw it away.

5.  Did you know that donating your unwanted clothing or household goods in a form of recycling? By choosing to donate your items, you keep them out of landfills and give others a chance to reuse them. Value Village has helped keep 650+ million pounds of used goods away from landfills each year.

6.   Did you know that donating to Value Village also helps the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound and the Northwest Center? Value Village has partnerships with non profits where Value Village pays the nonprofits for the goods they are able to collect and put on the sales floor. 

Donating and shopping secondhand at Value Village can make a difference in both our community and environment. You can use their Nonprofit Locator Tool to find a community donation center to drop off your items! You can also learn more about perceptions around clothing consumption with the State of Reuse and how your donations help.

Thank you for reading!

*This made was made in collaboration with Value Village and all opinions are my own.
Photography: Holly Phan



  1. This is a very good and educational post, I love shopping second hand too!

  2. This is so important! I love that you're raising awareness for the issues in this industry.

  3. I love donating and buying used! Great post!

  4. We donate!I love the facts you pulled on waste and water consumption. We also recycle any clothes and shoes that can't be donated. Here is a great link for textile recycling http://your.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste/ecoconsumer/threadcycle.asp
    Great post!

  5. I love thrifting too - and donating is so important for the environment. Great post!

  6. The fashion industry is so awful for the environment - so glad you're advocating for sustainability! Plus, thrifting is so fun because you never know what gems you'll find.

    P.S. hello from a fellow Seattle blogger :)


  7. Great post, Emma! Those stats are quite staggering! I donate to Value Village, but have also started recycling my old clothing to others in my local Buy Nothing Facebook group. It feels good to be able to help reduce unnecessary waste.

  8. Great post for earth day! I've always wanted to go to a Value Village but the Midwest doesn't have them.