Encourage Teens To Clean Their Closets For A Cause

When teens bring old clothing into H&M stores, they'll receive a 20% discount the next time they shop and they're entered to win a $10,000 scholarship.

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'Tis the season for spring cleaning, right? As the weather begins to warm up, it's the perfect time to encourage teens to clean out their closets and clear out the clutter. In case they need some extra motivation, DoSomething.com and H&M's Comeback Clothes campaign is the perfect solution. The site is teaming up with the clothing store to inspire kids across the country to donate their old clothes for a good cause. By recycling their ratty t-shirts or old sweatpants in this way, it's keeping the items out of landfills and improving the environment.

From now until May 31, participants who bring old or unwanted clothes to an H&M store will receive 20 percent off their next purchase. And that's not all! Teens who sign up to participate online at comeback-clothes.com have a chance to win a $10,000 scholarship or $4,000 school grant.

This is the second year of the campaign, which resulted in 340,000 pounds of recycled clothing last year. It's a perfect activity, especially with Earth Day right around the corner!

If you're a parent, encourage your kids to do some cleaning for a cause. If you're an educator, try to hold a clothing drive on your campus—or better yet, pose the challenge to your students and ask if a group of them would like to take charge and organize it. They'll gain leadership experience while also helping the planet—it's a win-win!

As a way to promote the campaign, DoSomething.org and H&M teamed up with actress Victoria Justice—best known for her role on Nickelodeon's Victorious and more recently, MTV's Eye Candy. Check out Justice's PSA below and share with any teens you know!

For other ways to encourage teens to improve the world around them, check out our monthly Choices Challenge! April's challenge is "Show Us Your Plate," where teens can give their favorite foods a healthy makeover.