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  • 845,748,157
    Items saved from landfills
  • 5,382,033,727
    Lbs of CO2 saved
  • 4,393,497
    Cubic Yards of landfill space saved
  • 1,037,515
    Trees planted

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Two new ways to recycle clothes in San Francisco

If you're planning on doing some housecleaning this long weekend, be sure not to toss any clothes or sheets. Coming soon to the Bay Area are 100 clothing recycling bins from USAgain (cleverly pronounced "use again"). The bins accept all kinds of textiles — and shoes, too.

USAgain works like Goodwill, but it sells the clothes in developing countries. (Unlike Goodwill, it's a for-profit company.)

You might not think of textiles as a major trash problem, but they are the seventh largest type of landfill waste in the area. By depositing your out-of-fashion or worn clothes in a bin, you can stop contributing to landfills and start contributing to job creation: USAgain is hiring!

If your clothes are in good shape but just don't fit or flatter, there are other socially responsible things you can do with them. Besides a healthy smattering of thrift stores, the Bay Area is home to another newly launched innovative used clothing idea: Swap for Good, which advocates for organized swaps with a small door fee to benefit domestic violence shelters.

If you know of other re-use opportunities for clothes and textiles, share them in the comments.