How you can reduce, reuse and recycle your unwanted clothing
Clothes, textiles and fabrics are unfortunately not recyclable through your yellow-lidded recycling bin or your green-lidded organics bin. Your best option is to reduce and reuse prior to disposing of your clothing.
Follow these simple tips below to reduce your clothing:
1. Swap and Share with your family and friends. Your bestie may just have that perfect top and skirt combo for a night out with the girls.
2. Turn your clothes into Cash! Sell your pre-loved items on Facebook, Gumtree or the like. You can make a quick buck while another person gets a bargain!
3. Donate and feel great! Donate your pre-loved clothing to your local Op Shop or Charity Store and while you’re there have a look around for a second-hand bargain. Don’t forget to make sure it is good quality.
• Or repair your clothes, Nan, the Repair Café or even YouTube can show you how to sew a button back on your favourite top or pair of jeans.
• Cut and re-use your clothing as cleaning rags or stuffing for your pet’s bed.
4. Be organised. Keep your wardrobe tidy so you can see everything that is available to be worn.
• Freshen your look with accessories or buy clothes that can be layered so you can wear them for a variety of occasions.
• Look after your clothes by following their specific care instructions.
• Choose quality over quantity. Avoid buying cheap garments made from synthetic fabrics.
• Saving resources and reducing pollution.
• Reducing use of wool-cleaning chemicals and fabric dyes.
• Reducing resource use, energy use and greenhouse gas emissions from reducing manufacturing of virgin materials.
• Reducing the amount of waste going into landfill.
• Provide affordable clothing for disadvantaged families and individuals.
• Good quality clothes are resold by charities or op shops, or they may be given to disadvantaged people.
• Some charities will recycle clothes which are in poor condition into industrial rags, sound-absorption materials, insulation or stuffing. Remember to ask the charity what their acceptance criteria is, because if they can’t use it they may incur costs for further disposal of un-sellable clothing.
• As the last resort, clothing that can’t be reused or recycled (swapped, shared, donated or sold) can be discarded in your red-lidded general waste bin.