Did you know that the average American throws away up to 81 pounds of laundry per year? That may only be the weight of your average 5th grader, but trust us, it adds up!
The trouble is, it’s not all necessary waste -- when surveyed, one in three people said that they threw away old clothing because it was easier than recycling or donating. Oy vey.
At Rinse, we work hard to protect the environment, so while we’re using green cleaning practices to remove stains and wrinkles, we’re also working to remove excuses. We offer free clothing donation pickup to help you protect the environment, not to mention give back to your community.
Through our partnerships with nonprofits in your neighborhood, you can reduce the amount of clothing waste that ends up in landfills while helping those in need.
Charitable Organizations Rinse Works With
When you give us your clothes to donate you can rest assured that they will end up with those who need them. That is because we partner with local chapters of Goodwill and the American Red Cross as well as other local organizations in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Boston, Chicago, and the San Francisco Bay Area.
You may be asking, what’s so special about each of these organizations and why should I care who receives my donations? Each of our partners has a well-established reputation and promote causes that we can all get behind.
By donating to a local Goodwill you are “helping people overcome challenges to build skills, find jobs and grow their careers through the power of work.” You can read more about Goodwill’s nationwide impact and the individuals who have benefited. Goodwill’s mission is to mentor and help others and they share in Rinse’s vision of building community.
American Red Cross
When we partner with the American Red Cross it’s typically to support a local disaster, such as the 2018 California Wildfires.
The Red Cross as a long-established history of ensuring clothing and financial donations reach those devastated by catastrophe. Learn more about how donations are utilized at the American Red Cross on their official website.
In addition to partnering with Goodwill and the American Red Cross, we have established relationships with local organizations in each of our cities. For example, we’ve partnered with LA Mission in Los Angeles, The Salvation Army in Boston and Chicago as well as Purple Heart and Greater Mount Calvary Holy Church in Washington, D.C.
Partnering with local charities is yet another way for Rinse to provide assistance in each of our cities and it enables our customers to directly impact the communities they live in.
How To Donate Clothes With Rinse
We strongly encourage you to donate your gently used clothing us during our Annual Holiday Clothing Drive! It’s an easy and a great way to give back this holiday season. If you don’t have clothes to donate this holiday season - no worries! We accept donations year round.
All you have to do is give your Valet any clothes you want to donate in a paper or plastic bag (do not use your Rinse bags!) when they stop by for a regular Rinse pickup or delivery. Make sure to mark the bag with a note that the items are for donation and/or notify your Valet personally when you hand them the bag(s).
Please note, we cannot complete a scheduled pickup for just clothing donations so it’s important to remember that you must give your Valet your clothing donations during the pickup or delivery of another Rinse service such as Dry Cleaning, Wash & Fold, or Hang Dry service.