The Glen Ellyn Public Library Holds Baby and Toddler Clothing Swap Saturday, August 18
By: Katy Almendinger, Early Literacy Librarian
Babies enter this world in all shapes and sizes. Maybe your child entered this world too big for newborn clothes. Maybe you found a great sale and bought more clothing than your child could wear. Maybe your child is allergic to metal snaps or finds clothing to be itchy. The reality is that babies and toddlers go through clothing very fast. Before you toss baby clothes into the nearest garbage bin, think about where it ends up.
- The average U.S. Citizen throws away 82.5 pounds of clothing and textiles annually.
- Clothes can take up to 40 years to decompose, and shoes can even take up to 1,000 years to break down.
- 70% of the world uses secondhand clothing.
- According to Mental Floss, 85% of clothing can be recycled instead of ending up in landfills and producing greenhouse gasses that contribute to global warming.
- America’s recycling rate is low at 34.5%, and experts believe it’s possible much of that rate includes contaminated items that are cannot be recycled.
With our summer reading partnership with SCARCE, a local award-winning nonprofit dedicated to creating sustainable communities, we’ve taken on a mission this summer to help our community be green. The library has offered programs and events to help teach members about papermaking, explored the ins and outs of composting, displayed rain barrels, awarded wildflower bookmarks, and created crafts using recycled materials. Throughout the summer, we’ve also been collecting baby and toddler clothing so it can be re-used.
Before you hit your favorite store for new items, come check-out the selection at our Baby & Toddler Clothing Swap on August, 18 from 9 am-12 pm. Shop our free, new-to-you selection of gently used clothing sized newborn to 4T. Remaining donations will be shared with our neighbors-in-need.