Thinking about decluttering your wardrobe? Finally ready to get rid of those trousers that you love but never wear because they go baggy at the knees? If it’s time for a wardrobe breakup, explore selling unwanted items on platforms like Ebay or Depop, donating them to a charity shop or take them to a local clothes swap.

Sometimes though, after much love, clothes really are too worn to wear again. So what do we do with the ones we can’t pass on?

Sadly, 1/3 of clothes across the UK end up in the bin and 73% of these clothes thrown away end up in landfill which is a whopping 11 million items a week (WRAP). The good news is that old clothes can be saved from landfill and reused or recycled into new items such as household rags, padding for chairs, car seats, cleaning cloths and industrial blankets. 

Here are 5 ways to save your clothes from landfill:

1) Fix it first

Thinking of binning it because of a tear, missing button or fallen hem? There are lots of places that can repair your items. Try and teach yourself using a YouTube video or take items to your local dry cleaners (they often have a skilled sewer who can do repairs!). We love The Seam who pair you up with locally skilled seamstresses.

2) 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. 

3) Ask your council

Many local councils offer clothes and textiles collections, so it’s always worth checking this out on local council websites. These collections are free to use and easy. As long as the clothing is good quality, they’ll be put to good use. Try recycling them if they aren’t.

4) trade your clothes for cash

If you want to turn your old clothes into cash, it’s easy to do and there are lots of different options. Try Depop, Ebay, Vinted for vintage and second hand high street clothing or Hardly Ever Worn It or Vestiare for higher end fashion. If an item is a bit faulty (missing button or the hem as fallen down), you can still sell it to someone who’ll repair it. Just make sure to put all the wear and tear details in the description when you list the item.

5) Go zero waste and get creative

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

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. Here are 5 tips to make them last longer.


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