Give to people, not to garbage
How to get rid of unnecessary things in an environmentally friendly way, be proud of yourself and earn money doing it.
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It will be easier to get rid of unnecessary things (for example, clothes that you or your family members no longer wear or toys and books that your child has already outgrown) if you know that they can support the environment or be used by someone else. In this article, I will mention several ways to give your things a second life.
Option one: recycle
Your city probably has some special recycling places where you can donate not only clothes, but also anything that can be recycled. Just imagine, your small effort can help reduce deforestation and make a contribution to environmental preservation. Now, that is something to be proud of!

To make it easier to find specialized recycling places, you can search for a “Recycling Center Locator” specific to your region or country. Simply open your preferred search engine (e.g., Google, Bing) and enter “Recycling Center Locator [your country/region]”. You will likely find online platforms or resources that provide a map or directory of recycling centers near you. Browse through the search results and select a reliable and up-to-date service that suits your needs.

By the way, many popular stores are also environmentally conscious and accept items for recycling, using them in the production of new ones. Some stores, such as H&M, offer recycling programs for clothing and textiles, where you can bring in your old items and receive a discount or store credit. It's worth checking with stores in your local area to see if they offer similar recycling initiatives. Keep in mind that specific programs and offers may vary depending on the region and store policies.
Option two: give to good hands
The easiest and most obvious decision is to give away unnecessary clothes, shoes, books, or toys to your friends, acquaintances, and neighbors. However, if this option does not suit you, there are several similar services available that are involved in collecting, sorting, and distributing old or unused items.

One such service is GiveBox, a community-based initiative where people can leave items they no longer need and others can take them for free. GiveBoxes are typically located in public spaces like parks or community centers, making it easy for people to donate and find items.

Freecycle is another option for giving away items you no longer require. It is an online platform that connects people within local communities who are looking to give away or receive items for free. Freecycle operates on the principle of keeping things out of landfills and promoting reuse and recycling.
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Option three: donate to charity
You can also donate items in good condition to non-profit organizations that support charitable causes. Here are some examples:

Goodwill: Goodwill is a well-known organization that accepts donations of various items, including clothing, furniture, and household goods. Their donations are sold in their stores, and the proceeds go towards supporting their programs and services. You can find more information on the Goodwill website.

Oxfam: Oxfam is an international organization that works to alleviate poverty and support communities around the world. They accept donations of clothing, books, and other items, which are sold in their shops to fund their humanitarian efforts. Visit the Oxfam website to learn more.

Salvation Army: The Salvation Army is a global charitable organization that accepts donations of clothing, furniture, and other items. They have thrift stores where donated items are sold, and the funds raised support their social programs. See the Salvation Army website for more information.

Red Cross: The Red Cross is an international organization that operates in various countries and provides disaster relief and support to communities in times of crisis. They accept donations of various items, including clothing and household goods, which are used to assist those in need. Reach out to your local Red Cross organization to inquire about their donation process and ensure that your items will be put to good use in helping others.

Remember to reach out to these organizations or local charitable institutions in your area to inquire about their donation guidelines and ensure that your items will be put to good use.

Additionally, you can check local directories or search online for similar services or organizations in your region. Each area may have its own unique options for donating or giving away unwanted items.

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Option four: sell
If you have clothes, shoes, and accessories that you no longer wear, you can consider selling them to recoup some of the money you spent. In addition to well-known platforms like eBay, there are several other international alternatives available where you can make real money from your items.

eBay is one of the largest online marketplaces worldwide, offering a wide range of categories for buying and selling new and used items. It provides a global reach and attracts millions of buyers, making it a popular choice for selling fashion items.

Audience and connect with potential buyers in your area.

Sellpy is a popular secondhand platform. It provides an easy and sustainable way to sell your pre-owned fashion items and reach a large customer base.

Depop is a social shopping app that focuses on unique and vintage fashion. It has a large community of fashion enthusiasts and creatives, making it an ideal platform to sell your stylish and one-of-a-kind items.

Poshmark is a leading online marketplace for fashion where you can sell pre-owned clothing, shoes, and accessories. It offers a user-friendly interface, social features, and targeted categories to reach potential buyers.

Facebook Marketplace is a convenient platform integrated with Facebook where you can buy and sell various items, including clothing. It allows you to reach a large local.

Shpock is a mobile marketplace that allows you to buy and sell secondhand items locally. It has a user-friendly interface and a wide range of categories, including fashion.

Wallapop is a mobile app that enables you to buy and sell items in your local area. It has a strong presence in several countries, offering a convenient platform to sell your unused fashion items.

Letgo is a mobile marketplace where you can sell used items, including clothing and accessories. It provides a simple and user-friendly platform to connect with local buyers.

These international platforms, along with the previously mentioned options, provide opportunities for you to sell your items and potentially earn money. I hope this advice inspires you and enables you to give a new life to your belongings easily and without regrets.

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