Environmental concerns have been rising for years. Here are some facts you may not know about the environment and how you can do your part to help:
- The average American makes 4.5 pounds of trash daily. This comes out to an estimated 1.5 tons of waste per year.
- The Environmental Protection Agency reports that about 75% of solid waste is recyclable, even though only an estimated 30% is actually recycled.
- Americans create about 21.5 million tons of food waste every year.
- If that food waste was all composted, the greenhouse gases it would reduce would be equal to the effect of taking 2 million cars off the road.
- If every American who buys a newspaper recycled just one-tenth of it, 25 million trees a year would be saved.
Christmas is just around the corner, and a fair share of Americans spread some holiday cheer by helping families in need. Charitable donations are more than welcome at this time of year. Here are a few pointers to make donating clothing to charity (and other items, too!) good for you, good for charities, and good for people in need.
Write It Off On Your Taxes
Good news — you can write off clothing donations on your taxes. For that matter, you can write off just about any item that you may donate to local charities. There are a few things to keep in mind, however. “Donations must
Did you know that clothing is one of the easiest materials to recycle and yet it makes up 5% of all trash in U.S. landfills? Americans throw away approximately 12 to 13 million tons of clothing each year, in fact, when instead those clothes could be donated to your local charity organizations.
Giving local clothing donations to charity is good for everyone who receives help, and donating is great for the environment, too. If you’re not sure why you should think locally and globally when you donate, here are three great reasons to give:
1. It’s good for your community. In the United States alone, there are millions who live in poverty. Donating clothing is one way to serve a basic need in your communi
In 2012 alone, people in the United States gave over $300 billion to charitable organizations. Not all of that money was actual money — some came from goods donated at local schools, for example. A more accurate way to report the figure would be to say that total donations amounted to $300 billion, and it’s an important distinction to make. People sometimes get a notion that in order to make a difference, they have to give some kind of tax-deductible charity write-off, and that’s just not true.
Of course, money is still the most immediate way to affect change in any charity’s agenda. But Americans haven’t particularly had the best decade themselves, with stock market plunges and housing market crashes littering the landscape even today. That’s why it’s crucial to find the ways you can help ou