Fashion retailers keep burning, discarding clothes
Retailers miss the boat on helping those in need
Imagine walking down a city street and seeing a pile of Victoria’s Secret bras just sitting in plain view of a dumpster. Meanwhile, your own bra has seen better days and you know you would’ve paid top dollar for this trashed item in stores. Does this sound like an unbelievable find? It’s not. During the pandemic, Victoria’s Secret reportedly dumped piles of bras this month into a dumpster in Centennial, Colorado.
Retailers, it’s really not that hard to donate inventory
Donating used clothing and household items are fairly easy. Donating new clothing or any other new item? Even simpler. I know this because I regularly donate countless items on Craigslist and Freecycle. The newer and better quality the item is, the more smartphone and email alerts I get. When I’m not in the mood to do meet-ups, I’ll grab a bag and donate items to Goodwill or the Salvation Army. Why? Second-hand stores and charities can often get better quality clothing off the hangers and to the register. In turn, their focus areas get funding, too.
And even when shoppers or online users aren’t interested in my items, there are two pretty important groups who may not be found browsing through thrift stores. And they can usually use these items more than the smartphone user or the second-hand connoisseur: homeless women or domestic violence survivors.