Although I would honestly admit to being a shopaholic, the chaos and excess of holiday shopping overwhelms me. Not only is there just so much stuff out there, I can’t forget that it winds up in ever growing dump sites. When I saw the bins for the H& M recycling program, a light went on in my brain.
The concept is so simple and just about perfect. You bring in unwanted clothing into H&M which will send in on to to a processing plant. Those items that can be reworn will be sold as second hand goods. The rest will be recycled into textiles for new clothing or industrial use such as auto insulating or cleaning rags. This not only declutters your drawers and closets, it protects the planet. Consider that:
*Production of a single tee shirt uses up 700 gallons of water. ( No, that number is not a typo)
* The manufacture of the same tee creates more than 3kg of CO2. ( The textile and apparel industry produces more than 2.1 million tons of coal annually)
* Synthetic fibers atake t least 200 years to bio-degrade.Seriously.
Participating in H& M Recycling
You can bring up to two bags of clothing a day for H& M. As a little thank you, they will give you a 15% off coupon /bag to use on a single item. You can bring in those stained tee shorts, the jackets with missing buttons and the jeans with broken zippers which are too messed up to go to a thrift shop. All clothing can be recycled in some way so that it will have a positive environmental impact. Revenue from this program is donated to local charities or other recycling rojects
I took two bags to H&M this week that included the sweaters that the dry cleaners shrunk, the thrift store shirt which had stains I did not see until I got home and the cocktail dress bought hoping for a major weight loss. It felt wonderful– a great antidote to the out of control holiday consumerism.