To help us increase the longevity of our clothing, we have implemented a Mara Hoffman garment take-back system. If you have a Mara Hoffman garment at the end of its life that you’d like to send back to us for responsible repair or recycling, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are some great sites that can be used to sell garments you no longer wear. Check out TheRealReal, Ebay, and Poshmark to give your Mara Hoffman piece a second life. You can also research local consignment shops or boutiques in your area that may be accepting new items for resale.
Organize a clothing swap with your friends to trade clothing and help keep garments out of the landfill. We hold swaps at the office throughout the year for employees, too!
Garment donations and recycling are a big challenge for the apparel industry. Donation centers are inundated with used garments, so much so that only about 10 – 20% of the items make it into the hands of a new owner (Council for Textile Recycling, 2018). Donation centers typically hand off 80-90% of donated items to textile recyclers, who down-cycle them by turning them into insulation or rags. Alternatively, the donated items are diverted from the recycler to other countries who often don’t need them, so the items are sent directly to landfills overseas.