Although your clothes may have no use to you anymore they can be somebody’s new joy instead of just going in the bin. Read today's blog post as I give you tips on how to effectively get rid of your clothes!
Did you know it can take some synthetic fibres between 20 - 200 years to decompose?
Other natural fabrics can take less, cotton will decompose within 1 week to ½ a year and wool around 1-2 years.
With the average American throwing away 81 pounds of clothing a year (that’s around 38kg, it makes you wonder just how many clothes are currently sitting in landfills which could be having a new life with someone else.
Mixed material fabrics are on the rise with now 60% of clothes being made from synthetic fibres which have a very low value when it comes to the recycling stream.
As a result of this, a huge portion of old clothing ends up wasted in landfills for decades.
Not only this, fast fashion clothes which can’t be broken down pollute our rivers, oceans and soils by releasing chemicals and dyes.
Fashion is one of the world's top polluters, which is why it’s vital we use eco-friendly ways to get rid of unwanted clothing.
Best Ways To Get Rid Of Unwanted Clothes
Do you have a clothing piece that you don’t want anymore but can’t just throw away?
Follow these tips!
If you want to make money, consider selling on a second-hand clothing app.
Although most apps take a cut, you can still make a profit.
If you don’t like the sound of a cut, there are ways to avoid such as …
Making a Facebook post
Joining a selling group on social media
Make an Instagram account
Another option is online consignment shops like Thredup, which sends you a bag in the mail to put your clothes in; once they sell the items on their website, you get paid!
Give To Friends
The perfect way to declutter your closet is to give a piece to your friend who you know would love it.
Just be sure they will actually wear it; the aim is for someone to wear and appreciate the clothing, not to pass the responsibility of decluttering on to someone else.
You could always host a clothing swap, invite your most fashionable friends and get swapping!
Repurpose/ Upcycle clothes
Have you ever considered that old clothes still have potential with a little TLC?
There are ways to mend your clothes to something worth wearing again, for example …
Embroidering an old T-shirt
Turning an old pair of jeans into shorts
Adding new buttons
Iron on prints
If the item is passed the posit of saving consider turning it into something brand new.
Old t-shirts make the perfect cleaning rags, pillowcases and even tote bags.
There is always a new purpose you can find before throwing your clothes in the bin.
Have you ever considered cutting up an item into strips to add more fluff to your pillows?
Cotton shirts can be used as the perfect hair towel or even reusable make-up pads, the possibilities are endless.
Donate To Charity
The reason donating is at the bottom of the list is because only 20% of clothes donated is actually reused and the rest ends up in a landfill.
Using one of the earlier methods is more likely the clothes will stay out of the bins.
Be sure to do your research thoroughly, aim to donate to your local charities as they tend to be better.
All items donated must be clean and in good condition to avoid being rejected and ultimately thrown away.
Here’s a list of organisations which are in need of clothing ...
Foster care programmes
Free clothing banks
Youth emergency centres
There are various methods you can use to get rid of your clothes in a more eco-friendly way.
Although some methods can take more effort, you can be reassured you are doing your part to help the environment.