Three Simple Rules To Keep Your Old Clothes Out Of Landfill

Let's talk about circular fashion. Since the early 2000's, the number of times a garment is worn has been reduced by a third. Hardly surprising given the surge of the 'buy now' culture and fast-fashion giants dominating the scene. 

With this comes the unfortunate reality of waste - and a lot of it. We're all aware that clothing destined for landfill is not a good thing, but just as a reminder: a staggering 10,000 items of clothing are being sent to landfill every five minutes, equivalent to £140 million in value every year according to North London Waste Association.

So, how can we responsibly get rid of our clothes? It's inevitable to eventually have clothing that loses it's appeal or shape, and let's be honest - the first place you think of putting those laddered tights is in the bin. 

Here's our three easy rules to remember when you're debating what to do with your worn or unloved garments. 

Rule #1 - if its a textile, it doesn't belong in the household bin!

Yes, that eight year old bra might be completely beyond repair and destined for the rubbish. But that's not to say that it can't be recycled and turned into something new. If you're feeling crafty, there's so many ways to upcycle your old clothing - turn old t-shirts into dust cloths, make face masks or use for the padding in a new chair. Ok, so maybe you're feeling less creative - don't worry, there's a much easier way to recycle your old clothes. Simply visit Recycle Now and enter your post code to find a clothing bank that takes old textiles near you.

Rule #2 - if's it's got some life left in it, pass it on

One person's trash is another person's treasure. Clothes in a good condition can be donated to local charity shops. Check out The Charity Retail website which can help you find your nearest. And of course, if you're not in an immediate rush for the extra space your old clothes are taking up, explore resell platforms. From old favourite eBay to gen-z's Depop, Facebook Marketplace and luxury Vestiaire Collective - there's now a platform to suit your exact needs. 

Rule #3 - once-worn event pieces are gold for rental platforms

Before you get rid of that dress you once wore to a cousin's wedding in 2016 - hold fire. Rental apps are perfect for making some extra cash on items that are sitting idle in your wardrobe. Check out ByRotation, HURR and MyWardrobeHQ for ways to spread the love of your old pieces; and form a community in the process.

No matter what state your clothes are in, there's options for every scenario - even ways to make some extra income. It really is as simple as 1, 2, 3!