Holey, Holey, Holey

Have you ever been in that purging your closet mode, making piles of “KEEP” and “DONATE,” and you run across that Van Halen Tee you got in ’89 and realize it has more holes than a Swiss cheese factory? You stand there, holding the tee tightly to your chest, knowing you must give it up – but should you donate it? You smell test it – it passes-ish. You pause and stroll down memory lane, then decide it’s time for it to move on. But to where?

Not all clothes are fit to be donated.

I’ve volunteered many times at Food Banks. I’ve also received food from them on several occasions. One thing that always catches my breath is when food comes that has far exceeded its “best by” date. I once opened a box of shredded wheat with tiny worms inside. I looked at the expiration date, and it was 5 years old.

“They should be happy to be getting anything at all.”

A fellow volunteer once told me that when I refused to shelve a can of expired beans.

No human being deserves less than what is good for them. People should not be punished or given scraps simply because they make less money than you or have fallen on hard times. Truth be told – that could be any of us at any moment.

Back to the Van Halen Tee. While it may have a lot of sentimental value – the shirt itself, in all its holey-ness, is not fit to pass along to someone else.

So what do you do with it?

Most people will just throw it in the garbage. It’s easy and convenient. But it’s also a drain on our landfills. Every year around 92 million tons of clothing end up in landfills. That’s a helluva lot! But I’ve got good news for you!

Chances are, somewhere in your community, there’s a place that collects clothes and textiles and will recycle them. Clothing is often used for furniture padding. Who knew?! You can learn about the many ways items are recycled here.

Simply search, Where can I take my unusable clothing? A number of options should pop up for you!

And, hey, if you just can’t handle ditching the Van Halen Tee… Frame it!

With Style & Smiles,
Tam

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