Clearing out your wardrobe this spring
Spring is a time of renewal - renewal in nature, for your home and your wardrobe. Unfortunately, this spirit of renewal does not always extend to the spring clean and more specifically clothes. In the UK, ⅓ of all clothes find their way to the bin, a depressing stat when you consider how recyclable the materials in them are.
Which clothes be recycled?
While you cannot take a stained shirt back to the shop, you can take it to a recycling centre. Stained, ripped, torn and worn clothes can all be recycled, so don’t assume a stain means it’s bin time. Jeans (old and new), shirts and old dresses can all be transformed. Don’t worry about zips or other materials as the smartest recycling centres can put modern technology to use and identify and separate materials automatically.
Where can I recycle clothes?
Most of what is in your wardrobe can be recycled, and it can also be donated. Clothes in good condition can help charities raise vital funds via their shops. In recent times, some charities have even taken to dispatching bags through letterboxes with pre-arranged collection times. While these types of collections are convenient, they have suffered as a result of schemers. To ensure that your clothes are going to a legitimately good cause, use this charity store locator by simply entering your postcode.
Organise a collection
If you have children, are a member of a sports team or volunteer with a charity, clothes could prove to be a valuable resource. Schemes like ‘cash for clobber’ can help you raise funds with just old clothes. By collecting clothes you can receive cash for your organisation based on the weight of the loads. The collections can be a great activity for youth groups and school, it can help pique an interest in the wider recycling world.
What becomes of recycled clothes?
Believe it or not, your old clothes may end up on the catwalk, as seen in this article. Designers such as Calvin Klein have begun using old materials and giving them a new life. The fashion industry is not alone in getting to grips with this problem, which is still growing. The automotive industry is starting to see the value of discarded materials. Car seats, stuffing, pads and other car interiors are increasingly sourced from worn out wares.
Given the time of year, you may be tempted to turn clothes into spring cleaning utensils. An old t-shirt can become a great dust cloth however if your cloth drawer is at capacity others will happily take advantage. Clothes that go to clothes banks often find themselves back on the cleaning aisles of large superstores. If you are interested in the journey these clothes take, click here to find out more.
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