Australians send over $500 million of clothing and textiles to landfill every year, which is 30kg per person on average. (Source: Council of Textiles and Fashion Industries of Australia).
Australians love buying new clothes and keeping up with the ‘fast fashion’, however the latest trends don’t always last long in your wardrobe. Clothes take decades to break down in landfill and there are many alternatives to reduce, reuse and recycle your clothing instead!
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.
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!
4. Be organised. Keep your wardrobe tidy so you can see everything that is available to be worn.
Reduce, reusing and recycling clothing has a number of benefits:
What happens to recycled clothing?
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