If you’re thinking about cleaning out your wardrobe and want to do it in a more sustainable way, then you’re in the right place! As the saying goes, one person's trash is another person's treasure, so there is definitely someone out there who will want what you no longer need. We’re here with a few simple tips that can help the environment and also even make you a bit of money!
Donate What You Can!
Our first tip is perhaps the most obvious; donate whatever you can. Anything that you no longer need, like or feel great in, take to your local charity shop. Just make sure that everything you are taking is in decent condition and clean (for anything that isn’t, we have another option which we will come onto!). Whether you’re clearing out your luxury womens tracksuits or your old gymwear, these pieces are still likely to have a lease of life in them!
There are also quite a lot of other places aside from charity shops that accept second hand clothing, particularly refuges for people who are leaving all of their belongings behind, such as refugees or victims of domestic violence. When clearing out your wardrobe, collect everything that you think can be donated, take it to somewhere local and you will be making such a difference for these charities and the environment.
Sell What You Can To Invest In More Sustainable Clothing
Our next tip is to sell anything that you think is worth it and use the profits to invest in more sustainable clothing. There are so many places online where you can sell your clothing, such as Depop or Vinted. You’d be surprised at what people buy, so just because you think something isn’t quite in its best condition, as long as you reflect that in the price, then might be in a chance of selling! You can also do swaps on these platforms, so you could find something you’ve been looking for and exchange it with someone.
If you don’t have much time to manage your sales (once you commit a few hours to setting up your account, taking photos and uploading everything, it really doesn’t take much time at all), then some high street shops exchange old clothing for vouchers. For example, at H&M, you can take a bag of old clothing and get a £5 voucher in return, then the clothes will be recycled!
Take Anything Broken To Local Seamstress
Last but not least, if you have any clothing that is broken or ripped, then you can take the scraps to a local seamstress. Some charity shops also accept them so it is worth asking. Scraps of clothing and textiles can be used to create amazing things, either if they are recycled or they can be used to create new items. So, even if you think something is not able to be sold or donated, the item is not necessarily at the end of its journey!