FAQ’s

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WHY PARTNER WITH OUR COMMUNITY GIVING?

  • Many others have before you…It’s a proven program
  • Easy to start…No Cost…Educational and Fun
  • No selling…No taking orders…No inventory
  • No asking for money…Earns money all year long
  • Creates community service projects
  • Helps local environment and local economy
  • Helps others less fortunate
  • Teaches about the importance of giving back
  • Provides recycling convenience for students, members & supporters

WHAT DOES OUR COMMUNITY GIVING DO?

Our community giving, partners with schools, churches, and organizations to develop textile recycling programs.  These programs create ongoing revenue, as well as community awareness on the benefits of textile recycling.

WHAT ARE TEXTILES?

From the definition derived from Wikipedia, a textile[1] or cloth[2] is a flexible woven material consisting of a network of natural or artificial fibres often referred to as thread or yarn. Yarn is produced by spinning raw fibres of woolflaxcotton, or other material to produce long strands.[3] Textiles are formed by weaving,knittingcrochetingknotting, or pressing fibres together (felt).

The words fabric and cloth are used in textile assembly trades (such as tailoring and dressmaking) as synonyms for textile. However, there are subtle differences in these terms in specialized usage. Textile refers to any material made of interlacing fibres. Fabric refers to any material made through weaving, knitting, spreading, crocheting, or bonding that may be used in production of further goods (garments, etc.). Cloth may be used synonymously with fabric but often refers to a finished piece of fabric used for a specific purpose (e.g., table cloth).

WHAT ITEMS ARE ACCEPTED?

All clothes clean and gently used. Men’s shirts, shoes, belts, pants, ties, hats,swimwear and undergarments. Women’s tops, pants, skirts, shorts, shoes, belts, purses,P.J.’S, undergarments, hats, swimwear, dresses and handbags. Children’s shirts, pants, shorts, dresses, underwear, swimwear, and backpacks. Coats, sweaters, sweatshirts, gloves, and boots. Blankets, comforters, quilts, sheets, towels, all linens, rugs ect…(95% of all clothing and textiles can be recycled)

WHAT HAPPENS TO DONATED CLOTHING?

Once you have donated, the clothing is first sorted for distribution in three categories:

45% is used for second-hand clothing markets (charities and thrift stores) locally and abroad.
20% is reprocessed into new fibers that are used in insulation and upholstery
30% becomes industrial wiping and polishing cloths
5% is unusable

WHERE CAN I DONATE MY CLOTHES?

We have clothing donation bins around Houston and the greater surrounding area. As we continue to grow we will provide more bins to help make it more convenient for you to donate your gently used clothing and other textile items. In the meantime, if you would like to schedule a “clothing drive” event or participate in one of our recycling programs, please email us at dhoward@ourcommunitygiving.org .

HOW DOES OUR COMMUNITY GIVING IMPACT THE ENVIRONMENT?

OCG impacts the environment by implementing programs that not only creates awareness on the necessity of recycling but also diverts thousands of pounds daily from our landfills. About 85% of all textiles end up in our nation’s landfills which causes a strain on our cities municipalities. By donating your clothes instead of throwing them out, you’re doing a substantial amount to eliminate unnecessary waste in our landfills, while helping local organizations earn revenue to benefit their causes.

HOW DO I SET UP A LOCAL CLOTHING DRIVE?

Simply call us at 713-510-3350 to set up a clothing drive. This is a great opportunity to bring people together in your community to reach a set goal or to provide hours for community service. Giving is fun and contagious! Catch the fever!