Look in your closet and you're bound to see at least two or three old shirts, trousers, or dresses that you haven't worn in years. When it comes to business clothes, many people often find themselves updating their wardrobe at least once a year. It makes sense. You get a new job, a new role or promotion and you want to look the part.

What happens to those old clothes? Do you let them collect dust in the back of your closet or, worse, throw them out? Before you do, think about this... Throwing away clothes causes 13 million tons of extra waste each year in the US alone. Not only that, you would be throwing away business attire that could be used by someone in need.

Every day, less fortunate people who are trying to make it in the corporate world are searching for affordable business attire. New business clothes, even at the low end of the spectrum, are usually hundreds of dollars. But without the proper formal suit or dress, the applicant cannot even make it through the interview process.

That's why these two amazing nonprofit organizations have stepped in to make a change: Dress for Success and Career Gear. Here's how they're using old business clothes to help those in need:

Dress for Success

Dress for Success was originally launched in 1997. Since then, the company has expanded to almost 145 cities and is active in 21 countries around the world. Over the past twenty tears, they have been able to help over 925,000 women thrive in their careers.

Dress for Success has a mission to give back to disadvantaged women all around the world. They aim to get these women back into the workplace by helping them impress at their job interviews through interview and job preparation as well as the right business attire.

As we all know, first impressions are essential if you want to land a job. Not only will the right clothes help you look professional but they give you the self-confidence you need to tackle a job interview with your head held high. Once the women have landed the job, Dress for Success continues to help them grow in their professional journey by giving them all of the tools they need to succeed in their careers. This includes checking in and, of course, making sure they have a wardrobe that gives them the confidence to succeed in their career.

Career Gear

Career Gear is a New York-based nonprofit that was started in 1999. Since it began, it has expanded to multiple cities across the United States. You can find them in New York, Baltimore, Washington DC, Houston, Miami, New Haven, and San Antonio. Since this nonprofit began, they have helped more than 30,000 low-income men become self-sufficient.

Career Gear helps these men by providing them with suits they need to impress at job interviews. Many men who are economically disadvantaged find they are unable to land a corporate job simply because they don't have the right attire. This basically eliminates them from the interview process altogether. As a result, the simple element of not having a suit contributes to the unemployment problem around the country and makes it even harder for these men to support themselves and their families.

The assistance from Career Gear doesn't stop after the men land the job either. The organization will provide them with a second suit once they have gotten the job to ensure they have what they need to thrive professionally.

How You Can Help

Both men and women are in need of professional business attire to help them secure long-term employment. If you are a woman who is need of clothing for future job interviews, please contact your nearest Dress for Success location. They will help you find an outfit that is the right fit for you so you can feel confident at your next interview. For men, you can contact Career Gear, which has multiple locations around the country.

On the flip side, if you are a man or woman who has professional clothing and can donate to either of these organizations, please do. Your suit or dress could help someone less fortunate secure the employment he or she needs to provide for themselves and their families.