Festive Season Cloth Donation Drive : Here Is Why You Should Donate Clothes

At Eco Alarmist, we aspire to make an impact on the environment as well as the people belonging to the remote areas of rural India. Starting from our home ground, we indulge in activities that promote sustainability and help support the livelihood of the rural folks at the outskirts of Silchar in Cachar district of Assam. One such drive is the cloth donation drive that we initiated with intentions to mobilise clothes from the urban population to the rural people. We conduct these sort of cloth donation drive twice every year, aiming towards creation of a space for sustainable development by keeping clothes out of landfill.

Festive Season Cloth Donation Drive

Even though we conduct the cloth donation drives twice every year (during the summer and the winter seasons), this year we decided to merge it together into one “Festive Season Cloth Donation Drive”. However, this year the progress has been remarkably better as we collected over 100 kilograms of cloth; which was the cumulative count for both the last year’s drives. Last year, the drives were carried out at Borjalenga (Summer) and Nayabil (Winter); while the venue for this year was Vanguard Club Arena, where we impacted over 150 families.

We conduct these donation drives every year and if you find yourself wondering how cloth donation helps, here’s why you should donate clothes:

Helps Contain Landfills: Clothing that is thrown away will end up in the landfill for all eternity to take up valuable space. The clothing industry discards tons of articles of clothing every year that end up in landfills without any good reason. A significant number of these garments are still perfectly reusable. Taking your clothing to the goodwill prevents landfills from filling up and also prevents usable materials from being thrown out in the trash. The fibers in a lot of mass-produced clothing will never degrade, no matter how long they've been in use. If left in a landfill, these fibers cause serious damage to the planet. By donating your clothes, they will get a second chance at life instead of being thrown away in the trash.

Lowers Carbon Footprints: Mass-produced clothing contains certain fibers that don't break down, while others that break down, do so in damaging ways. Textiles can release methane and carbon dioxide into the environment when they are disposed of in landfills. Additionally, textile factories release plenty of greenhouse gases every year, which may contribute to the increase in greenhouse gases. Donating clothes has two environmental benefits. When clothing is kept out of the trash, it won't degrade and release harmful gases, and with fewer clothes needed, textile factories will not produce as many, thus reducing their pollution. Dropping off your clothes at one of our clothing donation boxes is the first step toward reducing your own carbon footprint. No matter how small your contribution to the environment may be, you can make a difference.

Reduces Consumption Of Water: The amount of water used to produce one article of clothing is often underestimated. Furthermore, a lack of fresh water is another concern that should be addressed along with greenhouse gases and soil contamination. A lot of water is used by the fashion industry in producing new clothes each year. Cotton is often grown in conditions with very low moisture content, so cotton growers need more water than any other material. You can stop the cycle of overusing fresh water by donating your clothes instead of throwing them away. When demand is lower, large amounts of water-intensive clothing materials won't be needed as often. The cloth dyeing process also pollutes a considerable amount of water and in a downward cycle, the demand for new clothes subsequently reduces, saving tons of water.

Contributes In A Community Service: Clothing donations can be used to help those affected by climate change-driven natural disasters. These clothes, which could have gone into a landfill and taken up space, will instead support those in greatest need. By doing so, you can help nurture a sense of inclusion and engagement among others in your immediate community as well.
Contributes In A Circular Economy: In the current economic environment, our economy is heavily reliant on consumption, which harms our environment in so many ways. Circular economies should be on the rise; ones in which people re-use and recycle as much as possible. This will help save the planet because everyone will do their part. This will land us on a brink of seeing a dramatic and long-term change in our economy when we shift to a more sustainable.

Saving the environment and promoting sustainability is a cumulative effort and and each one of us have to do our part to attain it. So the next time, you are wondering what to do with your pre-loved clothes, you can approach us and donate them to the needy. This way, you will not only be helping those in need but also be promoting sustainability and contribute in ensuring a better future. SMALL ACTS COUNT.