With New York Fashion Week in full swing, you may be wondering what to do with last year’s looks. Thanks to GrowNYC, you can clean out your closet and recycle those extra clothes at one of their special textile collection spots in each of the five boroughs. Starting this week, to keep up with you fashionistas, they will have additional one-day locations in Manhattan and the Bronx.
New Yorkers throw out nearly 50 pounds of textiles each year, totaling almost 360 million pounds annually. GrowNYC accepts clean, dry clothing, shoes, bedding, linens, hats, handbags, belts, and fabric scraps in their collection centers. Partnering with Wearable Collections, a company who sorts and redistributes materials, your old wardrobe is sent to secondhand clothing markets, rag makers and fiber recyclers, to be put to use again and again. Since 2007, the program has already collected 1.1 million pounds of textiles!
Collection spots are conveniently located in popular areas such as Union Square, McCarren Park, Grand Army Plaza, and even the New York Botanical Gardens. They coincide with the GrowNYC Greenmarkets, so you can peruse the local farmer’s goods and do a bit of shopping at the same time.
GrowNYC is one of the busiest green initiatives in New York. In addition to running 53 farmers markets and building 60 community gardens, they offer public programs that educate nearly 5,000 young adults in green and sustainable living as well as promoting edible gardens in public schools. Check out their website to find a collection spot near you and see how you can get involved in their numerous projects around the city.