generally, I agree - I "yell" at people routinely who throw away clothes because they are a little dirty - BUT there is also another position to consider. Burdening a charity with items they will have to dispose of (trash) - is inconsiderate.
I was in contact with volunteers who were handling the donations for Katrina refugees. And they were embarrassed by the crap that people were giving them. It's one thing to be genuinely trying to help by giving away what you can no longer use. It's unacceptable to consider a charity to be a substitute for a trash can.
I know that's not what you mean, but I've spent a good amount of energy over the years trying to avoid trashing things. I've researched options in Houston for where to donate really worn-out things, and it is usually a dead end. I'm what most people consider a radical with regards to how to give away what we don't need anymore. But one thing I've truly come to appreciate is that charities usually don't need your trash. If an item REALLY is destined for the garbage (holey socks and underwear really are the exception in my book), then it is much more appropriate for ME to be the one to do that. I don't even donate stained/flawed clothing to charities anymore, after hearing feedback from Katrina. I prefer to give away those things on freecycle to people who are aware of what they are receiving.
Am I dreaming about that?
I was searching for this subject because I have 4 VS bras I'd like to get rid of and some underwear that is in very good shape - clean and barely used. I really hate to just send it off to a landfill.