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Where to take unwanted clothes?

If you can't reuse the clothes yourself, and you just need some space in your wardrobe, there is no need to throw clothes away!  Below are some great ideas on how to dispose of your unwanted clothes.

Sell

There has never been a better time to sell unwanted clothes. You can sell them online through websites such as eBay, Gumtree and Facebook, or through your local ‘cash for clothes’ outlet or at car boot sales. Selling online can be quick to do with a smartphone as well, you can take a photo and upload it in a few minutes.  With two thirds of people already buying pre-owned and vintage clothes, there is a willing market to buy yours.

Donate

Charity shops are a great place to take leftover items. It is estimated that if all the clothing that ends up in landfill had instead been donated to charity, it would generate over £140 million of additional income each year. To find your nearest charity shop, visit the Charity Retail Association website.

Textiles recycling

Reuse for another purpose: if there are clothes and shoes that are not fit for purpose, can you reuse them for something else? For instance, you could try the ‘furoshiki’ ideas for gift wrapping ideas or you could cut up old t-shirts to use as cleaning cloths.

Recycle: all clothes can be recycled, even if they are passed their best - ripped or stained clothing can be shredded and the fibres turned into new items. While recycling textiles is a much better option than throwing them away, if we reuse them in the first instance we avoid the industrial processes involved in recycling. If reuse is just not an option, then there are plenty of textile banks in your area and at your local Reuse and Recycling Centre (RRC) where clothes and shoes can be taken for re-use and recycling. To find your nearest, visit the Recycle for London website.