Whether it’s a once favourite Levi’s denim jacket, a pair of Dr Martens boots from our student days or that designer handbag from an ex-boyfriend, many of us have perfectly good clothes and accessories lurking at the back of our wardrobes that we no longer wear.
Maybe you’ve forgotten all about them, they don’t fit any more or your taste has simply changed since making the purchase – but that doesn’t mean they won’t be perfect for someone else.
That’s why most of us could be contributing to Clothes Aid, the UK’s largest fully licensed clothing collection business, without actually having to give them the shirts off our backs.
The mission of Clothes Aid is a simple one. The social business is helping both UK charities and the planet by preventing clothes that are still in good condition going to landfill.
And with Recycle Week 2016 happening between 12-18 September, now is the ideal time to clear out your wardrobe and recycle any unwanted clothing. This year’s theme is ‘The Unusual Suspects’ and the aim is to encourage people to recycle more by highlighting the unusual items that are often forgotten about when recycling around the home.
So you might be on top of plastic, paper, bottle and food recycling but what about that tailored suit you no longer wear or the dress that’s just a little too small now?
Clothes Aid make it easy to recycle these items. Householders should look out for one of their bags dropping through the door, which will then be picked up from your house – saving you the hassle of having to drive to a nearby recycling plant.
Even if you don’t receive a Clothes Aid bag, you can use your own and still arrange for a collection through their helpline.
Why recycle your unwanted clothing?
More than 60 per cent of householders in the UK say they have clothes and textiles stored in their homes they no longer want or use. And around 350,000 tonnes of still wearable clothes end up in landfill across the country every year.
By donating to Clothes Aid, you’ll also be helping good causes. To date, they have raised more than £9million for charities including Macmillan Cancer Support, NSPCC, Make-A-Wish Foundation UK, Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice, Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS), and Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA).
Michael Lomotey, Clothes Aid’s Business Manager, said: “At Clothes Aid our purpose is to save the planet sock by sock, frock by frock.
“We believe it’s important to do anything we can to fundraise and keep reusable clothing out of landfill but in a way that’s socially and environmentally acceptable.
“This Recycle Week, we’re asking the people of Scotland to recycle their unloved clothes and reclaim their wardrobes – so fill up a bag and donate it to Clothes Aid.
“Each bag donated helps us support our partner charities, including Macmillan Cancer Support, the NSPCC, Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) and Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS).”
You can find out more about Clothes Aid by checking out their website – www.clothesaid.co.uk – and once you’ve had a wardrobe clear out, call their helpline on 020 7288 8545 to arrange a pickup (helpline open Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm).