Just because that old shirt you used to love is too threadbare to wear anymore doesn’t mean it has to end up in a landfill, reports the Christian Science Monitor. “Consumers don’t understand that there’s a place for their old clothing even if something is missing a button or torn,” says Jana Hawley, a professor of textile and apparel management at the University of Missouri-Columbia. “Ninety-nine percent of used textiles are recyclable.”

Nonprofits like Goodwill and the Salvation Army are great for keeping old clothes out of the waste stream, but I like the Lupus Foundation of America because they can pick up the donations directly from your house! 

Your donations help support efforts to find a cure for lupus, and programs for lupus patients and their families.

Items Needed include:

    * Clothing — all types and sizes
    * Shoes — all types and sizes
    * All bedding items
    * Draperies and curtains
    * Housewares and glassware
    * Jewelry and cosmetics
    * Toys and games
    * Knick knacks
    * Small appliances
    * Tools of all kinds
    * BUT … NOT furniture or large items

Schedule Your Pick-Up by calling 1-888-44-LUPUS (1-888-445-8787) or go online to www.lupuspickup.org to schedule a pick-up.

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