It’s the time of year when we look to have a good clear out of our belongings and start afresh. The only trouble with having a clear out, is that clothes we no longer wear need to go somewhere. The best place for them, is someone else’s wardrobe where they will be worn again, but sadly over £140m worth of clothing gets dumped each year (that’s a staggering 350,000 tonnes).
Once you have carried out your spring clean there are plenty of ways to make sure your clothes get a second chance:
Pass it on.
If items are suitable for wearing again they can be donated to a local charity shop or put in one of our textile recycling banks for reuse. Your clothes will be enjoyed by someone else and ultimately the environmental impact will be reduced.
There has never been a better time to sell unwanted clothes. You can sell them online through websites such as eBay, Gumtree, and even Facebook, or at car boot sales. It’s really quick and easy to sell online now – many sites have handy apps for smartphones, meaning that pictures can be uploaded in seconds.
Why not organise a swapping or ‘swishing’ party at home? Ask a few friends to bring along clothing they no longer want and swap amongst yourselves. If you don’t fancy hosting a party yourself, have a look on swishing.org for parties in your local area.
What if it’s past its best?
Even clothes that can no longer be worn can be saved from the bin! Please take them to one of our textile recycling banks. Once emptied, all clothing in the banks is sorted and anything unsuitable for reuse is shredded and recycled. So even your threadbare socks could have a second chance!
For more information on making the most of your wardrobe visit www.loveyourclothes.org.uk.