Instead of tossing your torn or stained T-shirts in the trash (where they’ll head straight to a landfill and sit there for decades), consider donating them to the Goodwill. The nonprofit won’t sell them as clothes, but will convert them into rags that shoppers can purchase by the bag. If your local Goodwill doesn’t have a rag program, they might be able to send your ratty shirts to a textile-recycling center. These are our favorite 14 thrift store shopping secrets.
Old greeting cards
When the holiday season ends, it’s tough to decide what to do with all those greeting cards. Tossing them in the trash seems wrong, but keeping them around can create a ton of clutter. Instead, donate them to the St. Jude’s Ranch for Children. Everybody wins: Children at the nonprofit get to craft the old cards into new ones (and receive payment for their work), and the cards are sold to support programs and services for abused, neglected, and homeless children and families.