Don't use it, Don't Need it, Don't Throw it!
We all have items in our homes that just collect dust. But, what if instead of throwing it in the garbage (the average American throws away 65 pounds of clothes every year) why not trade it with someone who wants it for something you want?
Bunz Trading Zone, a Toronto based group, is doing just that. With over 50,000 members in the Facebook group and a myriad of offshoots specializing in anything from food to dating to pets, the only concrete rule is that no money is allowed.
Other groups have sprung up in various cities throughout Canada, and the organization which has evolved as a result has even launched an app.
“But wait a minute,” you may be thinking. “I don’t live in Toronto, so what use is this to me?” Well, I tell this story just to get the wheels turning and creative juices flowing. Almost every city has organizations that regularly have clothing exchanges, and smaller towns hold giant garage sales. Don’t feel like your old clothes are fit for someone else? H&M has clothing collection boxes in their stores, where they either upcycle donations, reuse the the fibers, or remake them for things like insulation.
And if you don’t see something like this happening in your area, why not start one yourself? Organize a trading party with your friends or greater community, and see your trash become another person’s treasure.