How to recycle clothes too worn to wear 1/3 of clothes across the UK end up in the bin (WRAP), despite the fact that stained, damaged and holey clothing can be recycled into new items, such as padding for chairs, car seats, cleaning cloths and industrial blankets. If you've got clothes too worn to wear, here are 4 ways to recycle them. Better yet, before your clothes get to this stage, there are simple ways to make them last longer such as washing clothes at a lower temperature and cutting down on ironing and tumble drying. You can find out more about 'Clever Care' for clothes here. 1) Bank it instead of binning it Any clothing that isn’t good enough to be passed on can still be given a new life via clothing banks. You can find clothing and textile banks in supermarkets and local car parks. Visit Recycle Now to find one near you. 2) Ask your council Many local councils offer clothes and textiles collections. Visit your council’s website or do a quick google search to find out if your council does. 3) Book a free home collection Some charities offer free home collections, picking up unwanted clothes direct from your door. Check with your local charity shop or visit TRAID to see if you’re a fit. 4) Not ready to let go? Get creative instead Turn old clothes into new treasures such as a headband, stuffed toys, doll skirt, or a memory quilt. Find out how with Love Your Clothes. Got a favourite DIY hack or tip for reducing textile waste? Let us know in the comments below – we’d love to hear from you.