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Is for-profit recycling bad?

December 5, 2011

Consignment shops and textile recycling companies do stand to earn a profit from collecting, recycling or redistributing old clothing. Should we steer clear of giving old clothes to a for-profit organization? Not necessarily.

According to livestrong.com and The Council for Textile Recycling, textile recyclers earn $700 million each year. Each year, these recyclers take old clothes, all 2.5 billion pounds of them, and resell them for a profit. At the end of the day, regardless of the fact that these recyclers are making millions of dollars, they are helping to protect the environment by extending the life of clothing either by selling it as it is or recycling it into fibers that are used to make new goods.

Mother Nature doesn’t care whether sustainable efforts are for-profit or not for-profit. Either way, the Earth and its inhabitants benefit from every effort to reduce waste.

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