Here's an astonishing fact... and nine ways to combat the issue!
Honestly, what a waste. And given there's such a thing as 'clothing poverty' makes the waste even more horrendous.
So what can you do to give you unwanted clothing a longer life, and potentially help someone out?
- Transform and upcycle them into something new! For instance, make jean shorts out of jeans, or dusters from old tea towels or tshirts.
- Donate them to a local textile or fabric recycling centre. You can find a list of such places on Recycle Now.
- Ask your council about textile collections (many offer a free service).
- Donate to an animal shelter. They might be used to make blankets or beds, to make abandoned pets feel more comfortable.
- Donate to charity. Easy and feel-good!
- Pass them down. I think I speak for most mums when I say reasonable condition kids clothes are always welcome as hand-me-downs!
- Rent your clothes. MyWardrobeHQ and ByRotation are clothing rental platforms. Renting out your clothes can save you space, without your having to give up your garments in the process. And choosing to rent someone else's clothes can also be a cost-effective and environmentally-friendly way to get an eye-catching outfit for that one-off occasion!
- Swap your clothes with friends and family.
- Trade your clothes for ca$h. It's what ebay was made for! Also try Vinted for vintage clothing, while Rethread, Hardly Ever Worn It and Vestiare cover high-end fashion.
It's clear-out time!
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