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GOING GREEN: KNIB clothing drive expands

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It's time to get ready for fall and winter and some of the clothes you're pulling out might not fit any more

When it comes to clothing donations people will only go a few miles or a few minutes out of their way to make a donation, so by making it easy and convenient for people we're encouraging them to participate.

Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Executive Director Lori Gummow says they're adding two new locations to their clothing drive - one in Loves Park and one in Boone County to get more people to help out. Donated clothes go to families in need in the US, Africa, or Honduras.

"There's a lot of things we need landfill space for but it doesn't make environmentally good sense with things that maybe have another opportunity. They can either be re worn or they be made into new fabrics or textiles," said Gummow.          

The clothing drive has also expanded what they're looking for - now all sorts of items that can be reused.

"Before we wanted just clean and wearable items, but now we have new markets available to us. We can take things that are stained and torn and make insulation, fiber fill wiping rags. We'll take any kind of fabric or textile you have."

Donating is easy - you don't even have to get out of your car.
"The volunteers unload everything for you - it's full service you never even get out of your car but don't leave anything you don't want recycled in your trunk, so those golf shoes you want to have for next season take those out before you come."

The only requirement to bring materials to donate is to have it in a plastic bag with no wire hangers. Donations can also be written off on your taxes.

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