Nordstrom Announces Clothing Recycling Program
Every year, billions of pounds of clothing ends up in landfills. That hurts the planet. Like H&M before them, Nordstrom is urging shoppers to recycle the garments that they no longer wear. Unlike H&M, Nordstrom is collecting garments for donation, not to make them into new sustainable clothes.
The Nordstrom program allows customers the option to give new life to used clothing and accessories, while also supporting local nonprofit organizations. Through a partnership with Give Back Box®, customers can donate items by mail at no cost. All donations will be directed to local nonprofits, where they will be sold to fund community programs such as job training and education initiatives.
“Our customers have told us they want to be able to clean out their closets in a more environmentally-friendly way,” said Erik Nordstrom, co-president of Nordstrom. “By extending the life of their used items, and encouraging them to reuse the box from their recent Nordstrom order, we’re trying to make it easy and convenient to help reduce waste while also being able to support local nonprofit organizations.”
Here’s how this new service works. It’s all mail in, so you can donate just by packing a box, putting a label on it and shipping. You can donate gently used clothing, shoes, jewelry or small household items. To get started, customers can visit Nordstrom.com/DonateClothes or follow these steps:
- Open Your Box: When you order from Nordstrom, save the box your order came in.
- Pack It Up: Fill the box with any gently used clothing, accessories or shoes you’d like to donate.
- Print and Ship: Print a prepaid shipping label from givebackbox.com/Nordstrom. Close up your box, attach the prepaid label, and drop it off at any UPS or U.S.P.S. location.
“We are thrilled to have Nordstrom as a partner to share our message with its customers,” said Monika Wiela, Give Back Box Founder. “With its focus on service and commitment to corporate social responsibility, Nordstrom is a natural fit for Give Back Box. We’re excited to work together to support organizations that are providing valuable resources to those in need in our communities.”
Nordstrom has begun testing an in-store donation program in its six western Washington Nordstrom stores. Those items will be directed to Seattle Goodwill and Goodwill of Olympics and Rainier Region. Participating stores will have white, Goodwill-branded donation bins.
If you’re in Seattle look for the donation bins at these participating stores:
- Bellevue Square, Bellevue, Wash.
- Downtown Seattle, Seattle, Wash.
- Northgate Mall, Seattle, Wash.
- Alderwood Mall, Lynnwood, Wash.
- Southcenter Square, Tukwila, Wash.
- Tacoma Mall, Tacoma, Wash.