We, the people of the City of New York, are appalled that the clothing store H&M chooses to discard bags of clothing while New York City's poor struggles to make ends meet.
"It is winter, a third of the city is poor, and unworn clothing is being destroyed nightly," says the New York Times.
To make sure these bags of clothing are never worn or sold, H&M slashes the garments with box cutters.
Instead of contributing to NYC's heap of solid waste, H&M and other companies with the same disposal practices need to donate their "leftover" clothing to New York Cares, Dress for Success, and other organizations like them, who strive to help New Yorkers in times of need.
According to the New York Times' investigation, various H&M executives did not respond to 10 inquiries they made Tuesday by phone and e-mail.
Therefore, the people of New York City must take action.
We demand that H&M and other companies with similar practices put an end to this waste and donate their "leftovers."
We also demand that the New York City Council introduce legislation to further prohibit these companies from greedily throwing away clothing, a basic necessity, if they are going to do business in New York City.
For the New York Times' full story, please visit: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/06/nyregion/06about.html
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