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Take a look at your closet, choose the clothes you are not wearing anymore and donate them to homeless people!

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Philipp
Philipp
January 3 2012  | LoveUnlove

sounds like a nice idea, though a while ago I read a research which claimed that in western countries there is anyway an overload of second hand clothing. In fact the western countries donate so many clothes that also 'third world countries' are overflown by cheap clothes which causes local garment industries to go bankrupt. The article concluded that it would be best (if you decide to donate your clothes) to cut them before throwing them into the donation box. Like that the companies can't sell them in poor countries but are forced by law to recycle them in the country of origin.

I don't know if that's true, i just wanna throw it into the discussion...

Yichun
Yichun
January 3 2012  | LoveUnlove

maybe bringing a jacket that he doesn't wear anymore offer it personally to a suitable homeless/ or simply a person who needs?

Maarten
Maarten
January 4 2012  | LoveUnlove

@Philipp, interesting info. Seems so illogical to cut clothes before donating them!! Would need to research that a bit before I would dare to do it, seems like such a waste...

@Yichun, It's a good idea to try to find the people myself that need the clothes. Then it would fit together with this idea: http://www.iwanttomaketheworldabetterplace.com/idea/just-go-out-on-the-street-and-find-someone-who-looks-like-he-or-she-could-use-some-food-and-warmth-and-invite-himher-to-your-place-and-prepare-a-nice-dinner

Philipp
Philipp
January 4 2012  | LoveUnlove

@Maarten, yes, you definitely should do research before following my old brain. The cutting-so-they-recycle part might be only the rule in Germany.

Anyhow, in general what ever idea will win your preparatory research is definitely worth sharing.

02:21... that was a late night yesterday...

Maarten
Maarten
January 4 2012  | LoveUnlove

Yep, I'll share!!

- yep, was a bit late yesterday, maybe I should rebuild the site in a way I cannot use it after midnight :-) -

cristiana ruggieri
cristiana ruggieri
January 5 2012  | LoveUnlove

http://www.erasmusmagazine.nl/nieuws/detail/article/4339/

take a look at this initiative, it sounds interesting!
@ Philip: I couldn't find anything yet regarding the article, but I'll keep searching!

Philipp
Philipp
January 5 2012  | LoveUnlove

@Cristiana: I read the link and it does sound good. Probably it depends on if your donated clothes stay in Holland.

I found less positive articles on clothes donations to poorer countries:

http://texasinafrica.blogspot.com/2011/02/why-t-shirts-are-bad-aid-research.html

or

http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1987628,00.html

Paul S
Paul S
January 6 2012  | LoveUnlove

@Philipp i had no idea!

cristiana ruggieri
cristiana ruggieri
January 6 2012  | LoveUnlove

@Philip: thanks for sharing these articles, i got to know something totally unexpected! Super interesting.
So i guess the best option would be donating clothes to small local organizations.

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