Ways To Give Back The Stuff You Don't Want

7 Ways To Give Back With The Stuff You Don't Want Anymore

Did you Marie Kondo your house? Do you not know what to do with the stuff you don't want?


With spring upon us and "Tidying Up With Marie Kondo" being one of the most talked about shows, a lot of people are finding themselves with piles of things to get rid of, but most of them don't know what exactly to do with it. Here are 7 ways to get rid of your old things while giving back to your community.

1. Donate clothes to homeless shelters.

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There are a lot of homeless shelters throughout the United States that all need clothes for the people that come through. If you find yourself with a lot of old baby clothes or maternity clothes, try finding a homeless shelter for mothers-to-be or mothers with children. If you find yourself with a lot of teen or young adult clothes, try finding a teen homeless shelter or an LGBT homeless shelter.

2. Donate books to prisons.

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Prisons always need books for the inmates and these books can make a world of difference. Just keep in mind that there are some guidelines that you have to follow when donating. The books have to be appropriate, this means no smut, religious or political propaganda. They cannot have writing or highlighting in them. Most prisons will not accept hardback books or books that are in horrible conditions. Books that prisons ideally want are unused or unmarked test prep books (SAT, ACT, GED, etc.), bibles or other religious scripts, popular fiction, biographies, law books and how-to guides.

3. Donate spare change.

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I'm not sure about many other people, but whenever I clean my room, I always end up finding a jar of change and don't really do anything with it. CoinStar machines are in most Walmarts and other grocery stores, and while you can cash out for yourself, and let the machine take 11% of it, you could also donate it to a charity. The money would go to a charity, without any of it being taken out by the machine.

4. Donate makeup to those who need it.

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If you find yourself with a lot of makeup that you've just never used, try giving it away. Most local homeless shelters will take most gently used makeup, but there is a list of charities that take makeup donations for a list of things. Some of them take it for those in homeless shelters, those fighting terminal illnesses and those overcoming domestic abuse.

5. Pickup Please for small household items.

If you have some smaller pieces of home decor that you want to get rid of like mirrors, lamps, or nightstands. Pickup Please is an organization that will take those items and sell them for you. The money that is made from that goes to local, state, and national Vietnam Veterans of America.

6. Look for local needs.

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Take some time to look at local GoFundMes or Facebook posts to see if there is any need for certain items in your community. See if anyone has lost anything to a disaster like fire and see if you have anything that they might need.

7. Donate to local thrift stores.

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It's no secret that big name thrift stores tend to have some shady secrets, so look for some local thrift stores to try to donate to and look into their past and the foundations that they donate to if they do.

When cleaning out your house, keep in mind that one man's trash is another man's treasure. Anything that you find that you think someone else might have more of a use for, try donating it.

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13 Brands That Have College Girls Looking Cute For Great Causes

Great clothing for great causes.

Everyone loves giving to charity, helping to make the world a better place.

Something better than giving money is getting a shirt or a bracelet that symbolizes you giving money to different charities around the world. There are plenty of different brands that are advertised on social media and more that aren't that give a portion of your profit to a charity weather it's for research for cancer or saving animals.

1. Pura Vida Bracelets

These bracelets originally started by two friends going to Costa Rica for a graduation trip and running into two guys that are artisans making these bracelets. Before going back home they asked these artisans to make 400 bracelets to take back home, they put a few of these bracelets in some bowls in boutiques. They instantly ran out of bracelets and were asked for more, that is when these two graduates realized that these bracelets could be a lot more. They ended up partnering with the two artisans in Costa Rica and much more around the world to make these bracelets. Originally these bracelets symbolized living in the now rather than the later because Pura Vida means Pure Life in Spanish. Later they realized they can make this even bigger than it is now, they started partnering with different charities. They currently have a charity collection and are partnered with 190 different charities.

2. Pawz

Pawz was created for homeless animals that have to be put down because animal shelters don't have enough resources to provide for them. Each purchase you make with Pawz a portion of your profit goes to Stark Humane shelter.

3. Shelly Cove

There are seven different kinds of sea turtles that swim in the oceans around the globe, out of those seven, six of them are endangered. Shelly Cove donates 10% of net profits to The Karen Beasley Sea Turtles Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, the donations help support medical treatment and rehabilitation of sick and injured turtles. They also support a turtle hospital or a conservatory monthly.

4. Ivory Ella

Like the other brands on this list, 10% of their profits go to Save the Elephants and to other charity organizations. Ivory Ella also tries to inspire us to live a life with the same ideals of elephants; empathy, creativity, strength, and loyalty.

5. Love Your Melon

Love your melon originally started by just wanting to put a hat on every child that was battling cancer. After giving 45,000 hats, one for every child with cancer they made a new goal to give one million dollars to pediatric cancer research and support to the children and their families. They have donated over 2.6 million dollars today, 50% of the profit you spend after taxes and fees go to Love Your Melon's non-profit partners.

6. Beautiful Baleine

Seven out of 13 large whale species are endangered due to being hunted to near extinction for commercial use and due to being locked in captivity. Beautiful Baleine directly donates 10% of its profits to Whales.org to help provide better research and help save multiple species of whales.

7. Koexist Creations

Koexist Creations mission is to help koalas and children. They donate proceeds from every sale to Saint Jude's Children's Research Hospital. They also have proceeds from every sale go to a Kola Hospital in Australia where they have many injured and sick koalas.

8. Polar Preserve

A portion of the sale of a shirt is donated monthly to polar bear conservation.

9. Paisley Tiger

Over the past 20 years, we have gone from 100,000 to less than 3,200 tigers. It has been said that in a few decades tigers will be extinct. Paisley Tiger donates a percentage of their proceeds to Big Cat Rescue, this organization provides the shelter, food, and medication that the Tigers need.

10. Savannah Co

Savannah Co donates 10% of their profits to Lion conservation to help save Africa's endangered lions. Donations are made to Wildlife Conservation Network where the donation goes to Niassa Lion Project.

11. Makai Clothing Co

Hatching turtles emerge from their nest and make their way to the ocean, but only an estimated 1,000 make it to adulthood. Makai's goal is to help protect the turtles from natural and human threats by donating 10% to sea turtle conservation.

12. Life Token

Life token likes to think of their brand as a way to the pathway to peace, it's a choice to put love first. Every month Life Token changes what charity they are going to be giving donations too.

13. Onatah Outfitters

Onatah Outfitters donates 15% of profits to one of the six charitable partners based on the color of the shirt. They base what charities they give to off of their core beliefs which are: ocean, hunger, conservation, relief, wildlife preservation, energy security, freshwater access, and environmental health.

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Gucci’s Commodification Of Cultural Clothing Is A Problem The Fashion Industry Needs To Address

Brands like Gucci and Zara are only commodifying the culture of others rather than making any attempt to celebrate and respect them.


Recently, Gucci faced backlash for selling Sikh turbans as hats for $790. The brand had already come under fire when the turbans were featured in Gucci's Fall 2018 show, especially due to Gucci's use of white models to wear the turbans on the runway. It seems that the previous backlash has not discouraged Gucci from continuing on to sell the turbans for a high price.

Members of the Sikh community were quick to express outrage at the monetization of the turbans, pointing out the religious significance of the Sikh turban. The reduction of the turban to a mere accessory for fashion is offensive enough on its own, but selling them at such a high price only further commodifies an item that is considered sacred to many and would normally not cost nearly as much in the Sikh community.

This incident with Gucci, however, is far from being the only instance where a cultural item has been monetized in the fashion industry. Many have also questioned Zara's new sandals, which bear a close resemblance to waraji, woven straw sandals that were once popular among common people in Japan. The main source of confusion among members of the Japanese community was the price of the sandals, which are being sold at 7,990 yen ($72) while waraji are usually only 200-300 yen (about $2-$3).

Waraji do not appear to have the same spiritual significance as the Sikh turban, but both Gucci's and Zara's attempts to sell these items for much higher prices are all-too-common examples of cultural appropriation. Even if the item does not have sacred or religious value, it is still something that belongs to another culture and should not be monetized in such a manner. Drawing inspiration from other cultures is not harmful on its own if done respectfully, but simply borrowing cultural items and selling them as luxury items at a higher price range is far from being respectful. In these instances, these items are passed off "better" than the original by a brand that does not come from the culture it is borrowing from. Zara should not be given more credit than the people of Japan who used to wear waraji. In the case of Gucci, the turban should not have been touched at all.

The monetization of other cultures is, unfortunately, far too common, especially in the fashion industry. Brands like Gucci and Zara are only commodifying the culture of others rather than making any attempt to celebrate and respect them. Hiking up the prices of items belonging to another culture is a glaringly obvious act of cultural appropriation and a trend that needs to stop.

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