National Recycling Week: Reuse & Recycle Your Clothes
National Recycling Week runs from the 9th-15th November 2020 and is a great time to refresh your understanding of recycling. How you can reduce, reuse & recycle everything from food scraps to clothing.
Australians are currently disposing of 6,000 kilograms of fashion and textile waste every 10 minutes. This waste is ending up in landfill and destroying the environment.
Check out these options for your unwanted clothes instead of throwing them out:
The most obvious of options for your unwanted clothes is your local op-shop. If choosing this option though, please ensure your clothes are clean and in a wearable condition. Not only will your clothes end up in landfill anyway if not saleable, it's really unfair of volunteer staff to have to handle your nasty messes.
Previously known as Manrags, UPPAREL is leading the way in textile upcycling. It's a really simple process. You head to their website and book in your parcel pickup. Their courier's will collect your old textiles from your front door. Your unwanted textiles then get passed on or upcycled. 65% go to other charities and 35% get assessed to be upcycled into new pieces.
So far they have managed to save 1,153, 474 items made up of clothing, linen & shoes from landfill!
3. Community Marketplaces
Why not take a deep dive into your local community noticeboards and see what swap meets, or market days are available for you to pass on your new clothes to new homes. You might even make a little money, or get some new goodies in return. Noticeboards with this type of information can be found via your local council, information centre and even your local IGA supermarket.
Can't find any, why not start your own?!
4. Websites & Apps
Sites such as Facebook Marketplace, Ebay & Depop are great places to sell your unwanted clothes. Particularly those purchases that have been worn once or not at all. These pieces deserve a loving new home and you can make a little money on the side. Depop would be our pick for ease of use and specific to fashion.