If you are thinking about donating used clothing to Big Brother Big Stars of Utah, just know that you contribute to improving a child’s future. In addition, you are making the world a greener place to live. Here are a few reasons why clothing donations in Utah are good for the environment.
Prevents Clothes From Going to Landfills
Every citizen discards up to 80 pounds of clothing annually, costing Utah millions of dollars. Donating to the BBBSU prevents the dumps from filling up with clothing and polluting more land.
It Helps Conserve Energy
It can take up to 2,700 liters of water to produce the cotton used in one t-shirt. It means that if 1,000 people donated a t-shirt, they would save nearly a million gallons of water that companies would spend on making new ones. In the same breath, it saves thousands of kilowatts each year that companies require to manufacture new clothing. This energy-saving slows down the extraction of fossil fuels to generate electricity.
Lowers the Carbon Footprint
Companies’ fibers in manufacturing clothing come from fossil fuels and other non-biodegradable materials. Manufacturing such synthetic fibers produces many greenhouse gases, such as methane and carbon dioxide, which fill the air. Clothing donations in Utah reduce the carbon footprint as people do not incinerate their old shirts, releasing harmful gasses into the atmosphere.
It Conserves Resources through a Circular Economy
When you give out clothes that you do not use, you contribute to the circular economy, where goods’ production goes through their lifecycle by getting optimal utilization before they land in the recycle bin. The circular economy reduces wastage and lowers the number of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and the factories’ resources during production.
Your clothing donations in Utah can help the environment and supports youth that participates in our one-to-one mentoring programs.
To find a donation location near you, visit bbbsu.org.