Week 38 - Keeping old clothes out of landfill
7 things to do with old clothes
1. Sell them
If your clothes are still in good condition you can sell them on ebay or any other suitable website. Or you might prefer to have a boot fair and sell off ALL your clutter!
2. Give them away
If you cannot be bothered with selling them why not just give them away. Sites like Freecycle are great for this.
Maybe even that is too much hassle so why not swap clothes with friends. Organise an evening together, get in some wine and all bring the clothes you no longer want. Your old skirt is a new outfit for your best friend.
4. Downgrade them to something else
Old fabric has so many uses from cleaning cloths to lagging pipes. You can also add them to your child's dressing up box. What other ideas can you come up with?
5. Upcycle them to something new
If you are the crafty type there are almost unlimited ways you can use old clothes. I took a quick look on Pinterest and saw old jeans made into pencil cases, T-shirts into shopping bags and fabulous quilts made from old clothes. I have used old clothes to make Christmas cards and no child's craft box is complete without a good selection of old clothes to cut up and use.
|Quilt and image from The Next Stitch|
6. Take them to a Charity Shop
Charity shops are always on the look out for clothes donations so bag them up and drop them off. Do however be a bit cautious of those plastic sacks that get dropped through your letter box asking for clothes donations for charities. Whilst some are genuine others are not and the clothes are in fact sold on and not given to charity at all ... others also never get collected and just sit cluttering up the pavement.
7. Send your Bras to Africa
The charities Smalls for All and Oxfam collect gently worn bras and unworn knickers and gets them to needy women in Africa. Having knickers means girls do not need to miss days off school every month and wearing a bra can even save a woman from rape or slavery. As unlikely as it sounds it is true, as a woman who wears underwear is seen to be higher status that a woman without and shows she probably has a man to care for her - and that can be enough to protect her.
For more tips on how to keep all you decluttered things out of landfill have a read of this blog post - Keeping Clutter out of Landfill
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