Friday, January 8, 2010
Unlike other retail giants, Target donates unused clothing
By now, you have probably heard the widely reported and disheartening story about two retail giants - H&M and Walmart - throwing out unsold clothes instead of donating them to people in need. And going one step further, in order to prevent anyone from finding these castoffs in dumpsters and trying to keep them, both companies have gone ahead and slashed up the garments - cutting off the sleeves and such to render the items unwearable.
Now as I blogged about back in September, when Target pulls unsold clearance merchandise from their racks, it is donated to Goodwill Industries, who then re-sells it at their local stores. From Goodwill's web site: "The sales of donations help fund job training programs, employment placement services and other community-based programs for people who have disabilities, lack education or job experience, or face employment challenges."
H&M and Walmart should follow Target's example and donate their unsold items to some sort of charitable institution. It's the RIGHT thing to do, rather than waste and destroy usable clothing and shoes.