Don’t toss it – donate it during Earth Day Clothing Drive

By Oreoluwa Obayan

Woman Holding Clothes With Donate Box In Her Room, Donation Conc

Help out the disadvantaged, the environment, and your own sense of purpose by donating discarded clothes and household goods during the HSC Fort Worth Clothing Drive, a student project honoring Earth Day.

April 22 through May 6, drop off your items in a no-touch bin on the west side of the HSC Medical Education and Training Building. You’ll see the World Wear Project bin on the driveway on Haskell Street between Bunting and Mattison avenues.

It’s a convenient way to reduce, reuse and repurpose. Dallas-based World Wear Project provides usable items at low cost to people domestically and internationally who are unable to afford new clothing. Damaged items are recycled into products such as carpet padding.

Scott WaltersApart from being good for the environment, de-cluttering your home is therapeutic for those who may feel cooped up, says HSC Regents Professor for Health Behavior and Health Systems Scott Walters, PhD.

“People may have more time now to think about their priorities and what’s really important to them,” Walters said. “Doing things like sorting and donating old items is a good way to promote a sense of control over your life. It can make you feel better because you are setting and achieving goals. Additionally, it can also help you be optimistic that your life will be a little less complicated after the quarantine is over, since you’ve simplified your house and belongings.”

Additionally, the HSC student organization Environmental Conservation Interest Group will receive 10 cents per pound to support its work.

Bring these items to donate:

  • Clothing, shoes, belts
  • Purses, wallets, backpacks
  • Hats
  • Toys and stuffed animals
  • Pots and pans

HSC’s Office of Sustainability works year-round in stewardship of the environment and HSC funds, in partnership with the campus, community and HSC student groups.

The Clothing Drive is a new project addressing a nationwide issue. “As a nation, we landfill over 11 million tons of textiles every year, and only 2.5% gets recycled, according to a 2017 report from the Environmental Protection Agency,” said HSC Sustainability Coordinator Sandy Bauman.

For more information, please contact Bauman at sandy.bauman@UNTHSC.edu or 817-735-2451.

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