If your wardrobe is bulging at the seams, it may be time to consider having a sort through the clutter. If you haven’t worn something in 6 months or more, do you really want or need it? Unless it is very seasonal (or for very special events), contemplate removing it from your wardrobe. Don’t just bag up and get rid of your garments though, recycle them! There are some great ways to recycle old and unwanted clothes, that give them a whole new life and are very eco-friendly to the planet. Check out some of our favourite ways to do so:
Donating To Charity
Charities are always very welcoming of donations, especially clothes. Even if clothes aren’t perfect, many charity shops can still get money to be used as ‘rags’, for purposes such as cleaning and filling; your clothes still get a second life even if they’re too worn out for wearing. The Red Cross accept not only clothing donations, but books, and bric-a-brac, and proceeds from the sale of donations go towards their work in Australia and around the world, which includes disaster relief and recovery.
Friend or Family Swap
Maybe you’ve just grown out of a particular style of clothing, or a certain dress was only worn once and will be never worn again. Even if you won’t wear any more, a friend or family member might do. They might have something you can swap too, meaning you get a whole new wardrobe in the process of removing things you no longer need. There are several local clothes swapping systems in place too. For example, the Sydney Clothing Exchange hosts a monthly clothing exchange where people swap what they no longer want for something new. It’s eco-friendly, a great day out and you come home with a new wardrobe.
Repurposing your clothing is a great way to give it a new use. Old dresses can be made in to scarves, jeans made into shorts for the summer. Perhaps an item of clothing is quite loved but tatty around the edges, and this is when upcycling is perfect. A very popular way of repurposing old t-shirts is to make them in to cushion covers. If you’re a user of the social network Pinterest, there are hundreds of ideas for upcycling and repurposing old clothing.
Car Boot or Garage Sale
Car boot or garage sales are a great way to sell your clothes and other unwanted items to people in your local community. People love to see what bargains they can get, so if you have clothes in reasonably good condition, this is a good way to sell them. Check out local Gumtree listings to see if there is a car boot sale on near you, or check out your local directory for regular ones. For a garage sale, pick a date and put up some flyers in your neighbourhood; the word will soon spread.
If your clothes are in good condition and you wouldn’t mind making a few dollars to add to your summer holiday fund, consider selling your clothes online. Websites such as eBay allow you to list your item for sale alongside a starting price, photographs and details, and people bid to win it. Then you simply ship it to the highest bidder. Other popular sites include Gumtree (which is more for local selling) and Trading Post.
Whether it’s one old jumper or half a dozen bags of old clothing, there are some fantastic ways of recycling your unwanted garments. What do you usually do with old clothes? Tell us in the comment section below, or over on our Facebook page.