Organizing clothing swaps are more than just fun ways to save money, they're also great for reducing waste.
I've never actually thrown out any of my used clothing because my family ships a huge box to D.R. every year, but I know plenty of people who simply throw their clothes in the trash. I had a huge duffel bag full of clothing and can't imagine what it would be like to get rid of all of that. But if I give them to my friends, I know they'll be able to get some use out of them.
There are other options too, of course. You can donate clothing in good condition to Goodwill or the Salvation Army. There are plenty of people who need clothing and would appreciate your used clothes.
We all have a lot of clothes that we would be embarrassed giving to anybody else. Maybe they have holes or stains or something of the sort. With these clothes, you can go to a local textile recycling center so that they can recycle them. You can even make it part of your swap, like I'm doing! There's a park nearby that has textile recycling on Sundays, so in my evite, I let people know that they should bring clothing and shoes in all conditions. Tomorrow, I'll head down with my sister and turn in the recyclables from the swap.
Everybody wins! Folks can get rid of what they don't want, get new things they like, and recycle what's left over!
Part 1 is here.