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Photo: tartanparty (Shutterstock) About once a year, I purge my closets of all my unwanted clothes, whether it’s the jeans that no longer fit, the T-shirts I’ve worn to shreds, or the weird-ass dress that seemed like a good idea at the time but ended up being an exercise in medieval torture. It’s tempting to save some of these items, out of a belief that it may be useful one day, but we all know the truth: That’s pretty unlikely, and in the meantime, it’s extra clutter I don’t need. The main challenge in ridding yourself of old clothing is doing so in an environmentally sustainable way, as our clothing is responsible for a huge amount of pollution. Textile mills are responsible for approximately one-fifth of all industrial water pollution, using an estimated 20,000 chemicals, many of which are harmful to people. The textile industry also accounts for an estimated 10% of all global carbon emissions. When it’s time to throw these old clothes out, only about 16% of them get recycled , with the rest of them either going into landfills or getting incinerated. So before you head straight for the trash, consider some of these ways to reuse or recycle old clothing. Sell For the clothes that are in good condition and relatively new, you can try selling them. Not only will this keep your old clothes out of the landfill, but this will also give another person an opportunity to buy used, rather than new, while […]