Earn Rewards for Recycling Clothing & Shoes

57 Responses

  1. LineCowley says:

    What a great incentive for everybody to be recycling their clothes and shoes that they no longer require. With less than 10% of clothing being recycled, and most of it ending up in landfill, recycling and upcycling is an awesome way in which to help the environment. 

    Donating to a charity shop has always been one of my favourite things as well, if the clothing is still good enough to be used again. It is great that there are so many brands that are offering recycling, as well as outlets like Thredup. Thank you for sharing this vey helpful resource.

    • Alyce says:

      These small steps can add up to a big impact if enough companies and individuals make recycling clothes and textiles a priority. Thank you for helping by donating to your local charities!

  2. Lorenz Valdez says:

    Hello Alyce.

    Thank you for sharing this info with me. This will be incredibly useful because I personally have lots and lots of clothes i get rid of every month, but i never knew about this concept. It’s genius! I especially have a lot of Adidas apparel and Nike apparel so hopefully they offer great rewards! I also sometimes sell old branded clothes on Mercari, but they don’t always sell so this is great Thank you!

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Lorenz, You may have some luck getting rewards by recycling through Adidas, but the Nike program is much more limited. The good news is that the Adidas program accepts items for recycling from any brand — including Nike!

  3. Anusuya says:

    It’s always a pleasure for a minimalist to have just enough to get by every day. However, people, in general, are fashionable. They need to use varieties of clothes and accessories for enhanced life and like to live in luxury. The fashion designers come with creative designers and the world is flooded with enormous amounts of used, partially used, and at the time bought and never used stuff.

    The earth is already polluted and this post is highly valuable in that respect, as it deals with recycling, ways of reusing and minimizing the wastes that may go to landfills,

    It’s nice to know there are so many programs to handle the excesses, old nad newer one or even used.

    We have a few high schoolers in my neighborhood, they come and collect old shoes. They plan on opening a business and repairing them to new ones! Great ides. 

    We had bins around the neighborhood to drop off shoes, clothes, etc. There are consignment stores close to my campus.to use.

    Typically, I go to India often and used to carry my old stuff to donate to whoever needed them. But these days everyone seems to have more than what they need.

    I like “For Days” from your description and will see if I can use them.

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Anusuya, I love that the teenagers near you are collecting old shoes to repair! It’s encouraging to know that the younger generation can see the value in these items and the benefits of keeping them out of landfills!

  4. John says:

    With over 100 million tons of textiles produced annually, an enormous quantity of clothing is being thrown away every year. A lot of clothing ends up in landfills or incinerators — either as garbage or burned into energy. Both options are problematic, harmful to the environment, and wasteful. I do my best to take care of my clothes and donate them to good charities. Thank you for sharing this post.  

    • Alyce says:

      Hi John, It’s great to know that there are places to send used textiles and shoes when they are beyond their usable life. Glad to hear that you enjoyed learning more about what to recycle and where to drop off old clothing for recycling! 

  5. Monalisha says:

    Hi 

    Thanks for sharing such an important and informative post about the best  rewards  programs. After reading your post it is very clear to me that we can get rewards to recycle our own clothes and shoes. It may be a good way to make some out money too. We all have some clothes and shoes those we don’t like to use. But it is very disturbing to keep them in our self. On the other hand if we through it out side it will pollute our environment. But reading your post I understood that we can recycle the old and get the new one. It is really very helpful for all. It will save our environment and also our storage space. 

    Thanks again. I’ll share this post with my friends and family. 

  6. Baraka says:

    This article is very good and interesting. Recycling the items we have already used for instance  clothes and shoes is very important especially for controlling environmental pollution. I am very happy to know that there are companies that give rewards to people who want to recycle their belongings.I knew a little bit about Levis, but I’m happy to see that there are many other companies doing the same. Thank you very much.

    Baraka

  7. Wilson says:

    Holy crap, I had no idea these big brands did a recycling program. I guess it makes sense since eco-consciousness is trending these days. 
    I personally don’t buy a lot of clothes, and if I do it is only out of necessity. I always been a bit critical of people that buy clothes for just the sake of shopping, ending up with a closet full of clothes that are never worn, supporting toxic manufacturing processes that happen over seas.

     It gives me great relief that companies are battling this tendency with programs like these! 

    Thanks for sharing! I know a few people that will need this as a resource. 

    • Alyce says:

      The fashion industry does create a lot of waste, but it’s great to know that there are a handful of brands that are also trying to help minimize any negative impact by offering great clothing recycling programs!

  8. Bonnie says:

    Wow! What a great article. I had no idea companies were offering these benefits. I keep my clothing because I feel bad throwing it away just because I don’t want to wear it anymore. This is a great way to help the environment and clean up some of my storage space! I think my favorite is Nike, because no one would want the used shoes I have in storage. Thanks a lot!

    • Alyce says:

      It is definitely nice to know that your old clothing items can be transformed and recycled into something that will continue to be useful!

  9. Willy says:

    Wow! This is a really great opportunity to make few cash outside the monthly income. I have a lot of clothes and wears that aren’t good for me and my partner anymore and I think I have to try this out. I never knew there are a lot of earn reward programs like this that are ready to render few bucks for giving this clothing’s. Thanks for this helpful and informative review, those clothes occupying space at home are finally leaving.

  10. jessetoikkanen says:

    Good article about getting rewards for recycling your clothes. As you mentioned, the fashion industry causes huge amount of pollution. Actually the fashion and make-up industry causes more co2 to the atmosphere than worldwide flying traffic and ships combined. The fashion industry also uses 20% of world water resources. It’s always nice to see people giving tips on how to recycle and even getting rewarded about it. That’s called win-win, the environment gets less pollution and people get some money while another gets clothes.

    • Alyce says:

      I definitely agree — it’s always nice to see a relationship that is a win-win for everyone. Recycling clothing is a great way to minimize negative impacts from the clothing industry.

  11. Henderson says:

    Oh my, I never thought about this honestly. I have a lot of Nike air Jordan I don’t wear anymore. No one to dash it out too and I just don’t know why I couldn’t dispose it. The fact that I can actually get money back from my unwanted clothes are really good. It’s a win for me,the company and also the environment too. I’m glad I can do my own part in helping the environment and still make money in the process. Thanks for this eye opener.

    • Alyce says:

      Thank you for considering these recycling programs and helping to keep recyclable shoes and clothing items out of landfills!

  12. RoDarrick says:

    I have tons of these kinds of clothing materials that I no longer wear that are wasting at home. I never knew these clothing stores give rewards for recycling clothes. Wow! This is a great way to stack up some extra bucks to supplement monthly income. Though it is only Zara that I know of within my area and I will check with them to know if they offer such service since you stated that it is only within selected stores. I really wish the one in my area is among the selected stores.

    Thanks for your selfless service to humanity. God bless you

  13. Charles says:

    Thanks again for more information about great rewards programs. Wow 80 lb of clothing a year per person? I can’t remember the last clothing that I threw out. I even keep my socks with holes in them because maybe I could use them for something one day. But I think that’s great that people are encouraged to do more with clothes they no longer wants then just totally throw them out. Some companies even let you mail it in to them for free. That is pretty cool. Please keep making articles about these great reward programs and I will forward it to everyone I know who might be interested.

    • Alyce says:

      You’re not the only one who keeps old socks — I also keep them to to polish furniture and use as dust rags. Small acts like this add up to make a big overall difference so keep it up!

  14. Todd Matthews says:

    Crazy that clothes cause so much pollution to the environment. It’s something very few of us think of until we’re exposed to such information and when we are, the mind is blown. I’ve always done Goodwill donations (without knowing what really happens afterward), but these recycle rewards strategies would be just as good for certain brands. I think more companies will be offering identical reward programs in the future, allowing for more renewable outlets for years to come. 

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Todd, Goodwill is a great place to donate your old items. I have read that they can recycle the clothes that are too old for resale, so it’s helpful to take all your old clothing items (even the ones in really terrible shape)!

  15. Daniel says:

    I must say that this is not bad at all. Fortunately, I have a respectful salary so my wife and I enjoy going shopping and we have a lot of clothes and shoes. I never thought about this, we often throw away old shoes and clothes but this is a good idea about recycling. Some extra bucks are always welcomed, thank you for sharing this legitimate places.

    • Alyce says:

      Even if you don’t need to earn rewards for recycling your clothes, recycling certainly helps the environment and someone else probably enjoys being on the recieving end those gently worn items!

  16. My Daily Pointers says:

    I love that companies are finally stepping up to the plate and giving incentives for people to recycle their clothing and shoes.  Unfortunately many of the stores listed in this article are not available in my area but the few that are will be ones I will check out.

    I personally am totally about recycling clothing.  I suspect more than 75% of my current clothing items are used.  Some of them I have actually paid money for while others I traded for something in my closet that I no longer wear.

    Every little bit helps when it comes to saving our planet!  RECYCLE!

    • Alyce says:

      That is awesome! I have had clothing swaps with groups of friends and we all enjoy the chance to get rid of things that we no longer wear and pick up a few new things (new to us anyway…) at no cost!

  17. Kat says:

    I had no idea there were programs offering rewards for bringing your old clothes to stores as a way to reduce the pollution in the environment. This is awesome. I’ve always been an op shopper, mainly from when I was a uni student and it was cheap, while also recycling my clothes with op shops but over the years, I became more aware of the waste and impact of new clothes on the environment. So recycling became a more conscious action. I’m so glad to see that stores and brands are now getting in on the act too. I know it means they will continue to make new items, as there is always a demand for it anyway, however they are also acknowledging the need to reduce the impact on the environment, while also helping either organisations such as I support the Girls, or End Domestic Violence programs, or thrift shops who also offer help in local communities. It is a great incentive for companies to encourage people with discounts to help reduce the textiles going into landfill and who doesn’t love a bargain. Thanks so much for your super important and valuable sharing! Love it!

    • Alyce says:

      Thanks Kat! It’s great to know that more and more companies are taking a proactive stance in the fight against pollution and waste!

  18. Paul says:

    Excellent post, Alice, on a very worthwhile and eco-friendly activity.

    I’m pleased that you have included some Canadian addresses that I was not aware of. 

    I’m a big fan of recycling. 

    I come from a time and place where we recycled before it became mainstream. I’m also developing an allergic reaction to STUFF! I can’t believe the amount of stuff that I’ve accumulated over the years. 

    A few years ago, I began donating, giving away, and curtailing my “unnecessaries”. The feeling of freedom from all this material is game-changing. I now move stuff OUT and OFF my property as often as possible, and quite regularly. All off to recycling and repurposing.

    Thanks for motivating me even more, and offering some of these great suggestions that I was not aware of.

    Paul

  19. Anthony Hu says:

    Thanks for your post. I know a lot of places which we could donate our used clothes and shoes, but I am not aware of earning rewards by recycling them.

    My kids are in the middle school and they are growing very fast. The clothes and shoes are mostly used only one year. We need to donate some clothes and shoes. Now you introduced so many stores which reward for recycling the used items. I bookmarked your webpage and am going to find the stores near us. It is so nice we could get rewards by recycling.

    It is kind of you sharing such useful information with us

  20. Tama says:

    I’m very interested in recycling and getting rewards for my used clothes! I’m going to bookmark this article for future use. I going to sign up for the waitlist at For Days – that sounds like an awesome program! 

    I love Soma too and have donated bras and earned a discount. Great program. I’m excited to learn about these other programs too – thanks!
     

  21. Tru2yu says:

    I’m very pleased with your website As I am an adoptive parent in also a previously licensed foster parent! I have seen a lot of waste when it comes to how many of us discard our clothing and other items that we can reuse for somebody that needs it Hey. Thank you for offering this great idea supplying rewards for good deeds! Thanks for your post I enjoyed it very much.

  22. Christine says:

    This is great! I had no idea that clothing stores offered these recycling options. The only one in my hometown is Zara. I will check if they offer this, because you mentioned that for Zara it was only at select stores. I buy many clothes at a local second hand store, because they often have great quality clothes and even brand names. Now that I know that the stores you mentioned recycle clothes and shoes, I may shop with them now, online. I am pleasantly surprised that Nike participates in this. 

    I’m so glad I read this post. I learned something new today 🙂

  23. Dave Sweney says:

    Thanks for this comprehensive listing of all the stores and brands that offer clothing and/or shoe recycling programs where you can earn rewards. The recycling is something most people can participate in as it makes so much sense, and knowing where you can get some rewards for your effort is cool too.

    I had no idea that so many of the big companies are implementing this kind of a program, that made my heart warm when I read through them all. I live in Germany, and we regularly deposit our clothing, shoes, glass bottles, etc. into big bins that are centrally located.

    It does help out others that can use such items, and if you can get a reward, there will be a whole new segment of the populations across the globe that will start recycling. That is a good thing for everyone. It helps these companies with their image, but that is secondary.

    There are a number of ways to also sell your used clothing and shoes that I did not know about, so for those that may want to use this route as opposed to the other programs, these are ideal. I did not know about them either. You have given me lots of ideas with this article and it will do the same for many I think. Thanks again!   

  24. Alex says:

    Wow, recycling your clothes and shoes is a great way to stop pollution as it’s become a serious issue. Hopefully, more organization and companies will start realizing this soon enough and provide for options like these here to recycle and get rewarded for that. More people should know about this and become aware of the problems that we are facing. Become part of the solution and get rewarded for that. I love your post, keep up the great work.

  25. Pentrental says:

    I appreciate you bringing awareness to this topic as I never really considered fashion in this fashion. It’s nice to know that there are retailers out there who are providing rewards for recycled clothing. I always want to see more consignment shops out there. This is a wonderfully thorough list of retailers and the rewards that they offer. Also it’s nice to know that Nike takes donations. I’ll definitely keep this post handy so that I can refer back to it, well done!

  26. Harry says:

    I am a big recycle freak and this article came about at the right time when I was thinking about getting rid of some of my old clothes and shoes…

    Some of them I’ll definitely give some homeless people in my neighborhood and the rest of them are going recycling…

    Thanks a lot for letting me know about all those stores that provide benefits and rewards for recycling clothes…

    • Alyce says:

      You’re most welcome Harry! Thanks for recycling your items and I hope you’re able to enjoy some rewards for your efforts!

  27. Jay says:

    It is pretty awesome that this is actually a thing. I have actually heard of this but was not entirely sure if it was true. I have a lot of used clothes and shoes and I normally just dispose them. I had no idea I could actually make money from them by having them recycled. Like you said it is a win-win-win situation because I help the brand, I get paid in the process and we save the environment one step at a time.

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Jay, I certainly agree. It great to find ways to minimize waste and even better if there are incentives to reward these behaviours! These are fantastic programs to know about!!

  28. Alenka says:

    Thank you for this useful list for recycling our unwanted clothes. I’ve used these discounts at Zara and it works so well. 

    Great to find out about the program where you can hire clothes for $8! What a great idea! I do hope it catches on because what the world does not need any more of are new clothes. 

    I’m going to print out this article (or do you maybe have it somewhere on your site as a PDF?) for future reference. 

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Alenka, I don’t currently have a PDF available (but that is a great idea)! However, you can find share buttons on the left side of the page for social media and other tools. 

  29. AmDetermined says:

    hi, thank you for your post because it is helpful by earning rewards for recycling clothes and shoes, i really appreciate your time to make research about list of stores to enjoy this rewards, sharing this information will do my friends good, all your rewards that you keep sharing makes me lovely among my friend i love you website.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.