In the UK, about 336,000 tones of clothing end up in bins across the country. There is also over £30 billion worth of unused clothing on wardrobes across the country. Elle Courbee. Whatever the state of the cloth, there are a lot of things you can do to upcycle, reuse, or recycle old clothes instead of throwing them away. Below are some tips and ideas on what you want to do with old clothes. Clothes that can no longer be worn
1. Transforming or upcycling them to something new
2. Checking out recycling of Textile and Fabric
3. Asking your Council about Textile collections
4. Giving the clothes to an animal shelter Clothes with life left
6. Handing them down
7. Renting your clothes
8. Swapping your old clothes
9. Trading the clothes for cash
1. Transforming or upcycling them to something new If the clothes are stained, damaged, or holed, give them to a textile and fabric recycling. They can also be used in creating items such as padding for chairs, facemask, cleaning cloths, car seats, and industrial blankets.
2. Checking out recycling of textile and fabric If the clothes are not good enough to be passed on, then consider giving them new life through clothing banks. You can find textile and clothing banks in local car parks and supermarkets. You can find one near you by searching it online.
3. Asking your Council about Textile collections Most local councils usually offer clothes and textiles collections, check out the local council website and see if there are any. It is free to drop off the clothes at these collections and they are going to be put to good use.
4. Giving the clothes to an animal shelter Animal shelters use old clothes, towels, and other old fabrics. They are used in cleaning, making beds and blankets, and making the shelter feel more like home. You should consider bringing along old t-shirts and sweaters to help animals in need.
5. Donating to charity If the clothes are in a good condition, they can be passed to charity shops or any charity organisation. You can find the nearest charity shop by visiting the Charity Retail’s website. It is harder to get rid of company-branded clothing and uniforms, but it is a good idea to ask your employer about it.
6. Handing them down Hand-me-downs are a great option because children are going to grow and provides you with an easier way of making use of such clothes. This is good for the environment and it is also going to save you a lot of money over the years. This is also a good option for friends, let’s say you have changed size and there is a friend who wears the same size as you before, consider giving it to them because the clothes are going to find a loving home. You should be honest about the condition of the clothes. Before giving them out, make sure they want them and are going to wear them. Always make sure you wash them first.
7. Renting your clothes Renting out your clothes can be a good option for people needing space but not ready to say goodbye to the clothes yet. Your gorgeous garments are going to make someone else happy while you make some money in the process. Also, if you don’t have enough space in your closet and you are looking for something you can wear once, then consider renting an outfit.