Teen clothing donation bins are getting an upgrade: A new app lets you donate your old clothes to help make it all better
Teen clothing donated by you can now be returned to you in new, recyclable packaging.
The idea behind the program, called Recycle Your Stuff, was conceived by two teens in Austin, Texas, who are helping others find clothes for their teenage daughters and young sisters.
“We were both really young and our mom is pretty strict about her clothes,” the teen with the app, Jessica Alvarado, told Business Insider.
“I would just go into her room and she would put them all back together.”
Jessica Alvarados (right) with her daughters, Olivia and Mariel, and the other teens in her app.
The two teens had a couple of ideas.
One was to have a recycling bin and recycle clothing items, but the other was to donate them all to a local charity.
“So we thought about it and we thought, ‘How can we give them back to them that’s been used for something that we used to be able to use?'”
The app’s user base is growing quickly.
Since it was launched, it has received over 12,000 monthly active users and over $6,000 in donations.
But there’s a catch: The app is still in beta, and it’s not entirely clear how it will work.
“I would have to know how much time we have, and how many items we have in our inventory,” Jessica said, adding that the app has been in the works for a few months, but it’s still early days.
In the meantime, the teens are taking a big step toward their goal of making a difference.
They’ve started a fundraiser to help with the initial cost of the app and materials, but they’re also looking to raise money to make the program a permanent one.
“There are a lot of other people that are making the same effort, and we want to be there,” Jessica told Business News Daily.
“It’s a way for us to make it more accessible and more affordable for people to donate their clothes and make a difference.”