Send Used Clothes to a New Home in Old Shipping Boxes

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Leftover shipping boxes can be filled with gently used clothes and household items and sent to Community Recycling. Photo: Shutterstock

Leftover shipping boxes can be filled with gently used clothes and household items and sent to Community Recycling. Photo: Shutterstock

After the shopping is over and the presents are unwrapped, there are two questions that most eco-minded people have difficulty answering: What should you do with all those empty boxes? And what about all those old clothes that have just been replaced with new ones?

Believe it or not, you can put those things to use — or, should we say, reuse — with Community Recycling. Designed to become the connection between slightly used clothes, shoes and household items and the people who want them, Community Recycling has launched a program called CR Home that is keeping millions of pounds of clothing and other items out of landfills. In fact, every week the company is collecting between 2 and 3 million pounds of clothing that is being reused instead of going into landfills.

“Buying and selling clothes, shoes and other items thrive online,” says Lisa Pomerantz, vice president of marketing and business development for Community Recycling. “CR Home allows for an incredible online recycling experience where recyclers learn the how, why and where behind extending the life of their gently used clothes.”

The program is simple; besides boxes and some no-longer-used items, the only thing you’ll need is a printer. After signing up for an account on the CR Home site, you can print free shipping labels for sending in your items. (Be sure to check the program’s guidelines to make sure that they accept what you’d like to send in.)

And, with all those empty boxes sitting around after the holidays, can you think of a better time to go through your closets and drawers so someone else can enjoy your unused items? We didn’t think so…

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