Buying consignment, resale, or participating in clothing swaps jointly saves around 2.5 billion pounds of postconsumer textile waste from entering US landfills. (For an eye-opening article on the impact of postconsumer waste, check out EHPOnline.org.) However, if your swap pals don't have the same taste level (or dress size) as you, they can be limiting.
Swango took the concept online, expanding the swap area to include the whole country! For a 99 cent fee - which covers the costs of multiple item checkout and Paypal - and shipping as low as $1 per item, there are no unncessary membership or cancellation fees, or even sign-up costs. Also, uploading photos of the clothes you want to list is super-easy with their bulk-upload program.
For every item you buy on Swango, they donate a percentage of the 99¢ transaction fee to Dignity U Wear, a charity which provides new clothes to families in need; to date, they have helped more than 260,000 children & families in need by providing almost $45 million in brand new clothing.
"While Swango's goal is to promote the recycling of quality, brand name clothing among its members, we see a huge value in supporting an organization who provides new clothing for those who have lost everything," they explain. "Who knows, maybe these recipients will get the chance to use Swango to perpetuate the cycle of giving and receiving."
Check it out at Swango.com.
- Lesley Scott
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