Driving environmental change through clothes recycling & textile reuse

Each pound of clothes Planet Aid collects impacts the environment significantly. Since placing our first iconic clothing collection bins in 1997, Planet Aid has prevented close to two billion pounds of used clothing and shoes from entering the waste stream.

Clothes recycling and reuse reduces the need to manufacture new clothes, which in turn reduces the use of water, chemicals and pesticides and reduces C02 pollution.


"It is fitting that Planet Aid was the recipient of the Massachusetts Recycling Business Development Grant. This will allow the organization to enhance its processing and recycling of textiles, which is not only good business but a sound environmental policy, as well."

Mr. Brian Murray

Massachusetts State Representative

Over the last 25 years, the amount of textile waste in U.S. landfills has doubled, with only 13% being reused or recycled. These figures illustrate the importance of clothes recycling and how much more action is needed.

Textiles in landfills decay over time and release microplastics and methane, a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming.

Reusing clothing and shoes is an easy way to mitigate the negative impact of the heavily polluting fashion industry, which uses large amounts of fossil fuel, water, fertilizer and pesticides. 

Your clothing donations are resold in the U.S. and abroad, powering an international secondhand clothing circular economy that provides a livelihood for millions of people globally. Used textiles provide affordable, quality options for 70% of the world's population who wear secondhand clothes.

We operate 8 textile reuse facilities serving 17 states in the Mid Atlantic, Midwest and Northeast.

Planet Aid operates eight, state-of-the-art clothing reuse facilities to help communities collect millions of pounds of textiles for reuse every year. With a staff of more than 220 people and fleet of 75+ trucks and vans, Planet Aid has the resources and experience to help communities reduce textile waste in landfills and increase diversion rates.
By donating, reusing and recycling clothing you have a direct, positive impact on the environment. Each pound of textiles diverted from landfills is reused, contributing to the protection of our Earth’s finite resources.
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By becoming a partner with Planet Aid, you can help us strengthen and expand our growing range of programs and activities to make a positive contribution to environmental sustainability and ensure social progress. Our partners make a diverse and invaluable contribution to our ongoing work for global environmental and social progress.