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3 ways that you can recycle your old clothes

clip_image002Clothing consumption in the UK is rising and it is estimated by Recycle Now that the average home today owns as much as £4000 worth of clothes!

With the introduction of low cost fashion retailers such as Primark and affordable supermarket brands like George, Brits are buying more clothes than they ever have done before. The advent of low cost clothing means that many of us now have an abundance of clothes in our wardrobes which means more than £140m worth of clothing ends up at landfills. However, there is no need to be wasteful with your clothing as it’s very easy to find another home for them. Here are three ways that you can recycle your old clothes.

1 - Donate your clothing to charity

One way that you can dispose of your old shoes, clothes, coats or accessories is to take them to a charity shop. Many high street charity shops such as Oxfam, British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research will be more than happy to accept your clothes provided that the clothes are fit for purpose, clean and that they have enough room in their store.

2 – Use textile banks

Textile banks are commonly found at waste disposal sites and supermarket car parks and are a good way to get rid of unwanted clothes, particularly those which might be broken or damaged. The clothing and footwear that ends up in textile banks is often deconstructed and then used as material for other products.

3 - Make some money

Depending on the type of clothes you are selling and the quality, you may be able to make some money back by selling them online on websites like eBay, ASOS Marketplace and Etsy. You may also be able to find clothes banks in your area that will pay you according to the total weight of the clothes you provide.

Here at LSPS recycling is of great importance to us and we help businesses and individuals to reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill. Contact us on 0800 083 7807 or visit our website to find out more about our waste disposal services and domestic skip hire.

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