We are deeply committed to clothing and textile sustainability, and to building a circular economy within our own marketplace. We also recognize that those in need within our communities are intrinsically connected to this circle, and we aim to extend our reach into the greater community at large. Clothing donation, when done responsibly, is just one of the ways in which we can complete this circle.
Below are the list of national organizations that Shop Tomorrows supports thanks to their committment to putting clothes on bodies and keeping them out of landfills.
◦ Clothes to Kids: This national non-profit organization provides underprivileged local children with clothing appropriate for school. For more efficient distribution, branches are divided by state.
◦ Baby2Baby provides low-income children, ages 0-12 years, with diapers, clothing and all the basic necessities that every child deserves.
◦ Dress for Success and Bottomless Closet: Non-profit organizations that take women’s business apparel to provide low-income women with professional attire to help them gain and maintain jobs.
◦ Save a Suit: Provides former military and college graduates with professional business attire and the confidence needed to succeed.
◦ Operation Prom: This national organization takes in preloved prom gowns and tuxedos. They then provide low income students with a dress or tux of their choice.
◦ Reuse-A-Shoe: Nike's program that accepts sneakers of any brand and turns them into things we need, either by passing them forward or recycling them into playground turf and other materials.
◦ Give Back Box® gives each cardboard box a second life to help people in need. Use any cardboard box you may have, to donate your unwanted items to make a major difference in the life of another person.
◦ Local Drives: Your child’s school, place of worship, or nearby grocery store probably have opportunities for donation. Around the holiday season, many organizations run drives to solve a specific need. Some may be for coats, others for hats and gloves. When charities are local and specific, proper distribution is very likely.
◦ Other retailers that accept apparel to be recycled are H&M: Don’t Let Fashion Go to Waste (any brand), Eileen Fisher: Green Eileen (their brand only), and Patagonia: Closing the Loop and WornWear (their brand only).
◦ GrowNYC: a great place to drop off worn clothing to be recycled. Locations are throughout New York City.
◦ Bay State Textiles: drop off locations are placed throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts.
◦ Here is the complete list of organizations and sites for apparel recycling programs.
◦ For CT-based organizations to donate responsibly to, here is a list.