8 reasons why we should recycle more of our clothes
For years charity shops have been collecting our unwanted clothes and more recently Joanna Lumley has been urging us all to shwop, but why is it still vital that we recycle more of our unloved clothes?
Here’s 8 key facts from Recycle Now to explain the impact textile waste is having on our environment, the quantity of textiles that are still ending up in landfill and how this waste is costing us all as a nation.
Fast Facts for Textiles
Inspired to recycle more – what next?
Here’s my top tips on how you can recycle more of your unloved garments:
There’s some fabulously creative organisations and websites out there that can teach you how to upcycle your old clothes into something contemporary and unique. My favourite sites include:
Junky Styling – a funky, design-led label, who also offer a ‘Wardrobe Surgery’ service, where customers bring their own clothes in for transformation.
Creating my way to success – an upcycling clothes blog run by Australian blogger, Jill from Cairns, who shares creative upcycling ideas, as well as lots of free sewing tutorials.
Created by Futerra’s CEO Lucy Shea, swishing quite simply is a way to swap your unloved, but presentable clothes, with other like-minded people at a party!
There are now literally hundreds of swishing events taking place each month across the country and the best place to find out more is here:
Swishing.com – the home of Swishing – check out their events calendar to find out where your next local swishing event will be.
Or if there’s no swishing event happening near you, why not try
Swishing.co.uk and online swishing service. Just upload the clothes you wish to swap, send them your clothes and receive virtual money credits in return which can be used to purchase a new item.
As already mentioned, Shwopping is an initiative brought to our high street by Marks and Spencer’s in partnership with Oxfam. Part of their Plan A sustainability committment, Shwopping aims to encourage us to donate more of our unwanted clothes and divert them from landfill, whilst raising money for charity. With shwop boxes sited in their stores, customers can drop off an item of clothing and for each item ‘shwopped’ can text or scan to enter a weekly prize draw to win a £100 M&S giftcard. Items which are desperately needed at the moment include jackets, vintage jewellery and ladies dresses.
If your clothes are beyond repair or not fit for donation, they can still be recycled. Leaving at a textile bank (you will usually find these at your local supermarket or local council sites) the worn out fabric can be reprocessed and used in the industrial market as wiping cloths, industrial blankets and fillings.
How do you recycle your clothes, are you an upcycling whizz or are you about to run your own swishing event, also has Recycle Week inspired you to recycle more? Let me know, I’d love to hear your thoughts, share your creations and news.
If you would like to learn more about recycling and understand what you can recycle in your area, don’t forget to use the ‘Can it be recycled’ widget on the right hand side of this page, or you can visit Recycle Now’s website www.recyclenow.com