As more and more people are becoming aware of the environmental impacts of the fashion industry, more and more people are looking for ways to responsibly dispose of their unwanted clothing.
With the average person acquiring 68 items of clothing every year, and with an estimated 11 million tonnes of clothing ending up in landfill each year, it is becoming increasingly important to think of more sustainable ways to deal with unwanted clothing.
The first step is to think before you buy. Before committing to a purchase, ask yourself if you really need it and if you would get enough wear out of it. This will help reduce the amount of clothing you end up with that you don’t need or want. When you do find yourself with clothing that you don’t want or need, there are numerous things you can do with them.
The most sustainable option is to donate them to a charity or thrift store. By donating your clothes, you are helping to reduce the amount of clothing that ends up in landfill and you are also helping people in need. If you want to make a little money from your unwanted clothing, there are a number of online marketplaces such as eBay, Depop and Vinted that allow you to list and sell your clothes. This is a great way to make a little money from clothing that you no longer want.
If you want to make sure that your unwanted clothing doesn’t end up in landfill, you can also look into recycling programs. Many local councils have textile recycling programs where you can drop off your unwanted clothing and textiles and they will be recycled into new products.
Finally, if you want to go the extra mile to reduce the environmental impacts of fashion, you could look into upcycling your clothing. This is where you use existing clothing to create something new and unique, such as turning an old t-shirt into a skirt or an old pair of jeans into a cushion cover.
Overall, there are numerous ways that you can responsibly dispose of your unwanted clothing. By donating, recycling, and upcycling, you can help reduce the amount of clothing ending up in landfill every year and you can also help people in need.
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