Community Children’s Clothing Exchange
WHY SHOP WHEN YOU CAN SWAP?
Tired of buying a whole new wardrobe for your kids every 3 months? Sick of hearing about overflowing landfills? Done with donating old clothes, but never really knowing what happens to your donation? Save the planet, your wallet, and your sanity all at once! Exchange your clean, gently used children’s clothing for the next size up.
For more information, contact Stacey Vogler-Musil,
570-351-4353 or firstname.lastname@example.org
*Donations will be collected at the Clubhouse on Mondays from 6:00 – 7:00 pm, please contact Stacey prior to determine what is available for exchange*
The Children’s Clothing Exchange, a program focused on sharing clothing items throughout our community, provides a solution to lowering our environmental impact in regards to manufacturing and product waste.
While the issue is not just limited to clothing, clothing alone has a huge impact on our environment. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, discarded clothing makes up for about 16 million tons of landfill waste in one year alone; this is after a recycling rate of a mere 14.2 percent (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency [EPA], 2018). The level of waste increases further when one factors in manufacturing wastes, necessary water, carbon emissions, tree logging, that it takes to make the clothing – with oil production being the only thing more pollutant to the environment (Conca, 2015).
Children can outgrow shoes and clothing in as little as a month. Sometimes families are fortunate enough to be able to save these items for a younger child or give them to a family member’s or friend’s child. Yet, more often than not, clothing winds up in our landfills and new items are purchased instead of getting recycled or hand-me-down items. The Children’s Clothing Exchange hopes to step our community in the right direction by giving clothing a longer life, thus reducing the environmental impact each article of clothing has on the world.
The main goal of having a clothing exchange is to reduce manufacturing waste, pollution, and landfill waste caused by over-consumption. While there are multiple ways to do this, a community exchange completes two tasks – it reduces waste while promoting a sense of community at the same time. The community will learn to work together so items are passed along instead of thrown out, or looked for from others instead of purchased. In this way, a sense of community will be promoted instead of the isolation our times have seemed to have engendered.