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Clothes, textiles, bedding – 12 ways to be a zero hero

clothing bank to recycle textilesWelcome to Day 3 of Zero Waste Week.

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Take a look in your wardrobe or airing cupboard. Yes, I bet you have enough clothes and textiles to last a lifetime or two.

But do you use it all?

If you’re anything like the average person you don’t.

In fact they reckon the average woman spends ONE YEAR of her life deciding what to wear!

Meanwhile you probably need to slam the airing cupboard door quickly before we lose you under and avalanche of mismatched stuff.

Sound like you?

Then today it’s time to sort it out.

But hang on because over 1 million tonnes of textiles are thrown into landfill every year. But you’re a zero hero so you need to find a different way…

Fortunately there are heaps of ways to give and get clothes and textiles that are planet and money friendly. You can also extend the life of your textiles in some of the following ways

  • Car boot sales – A great way to find old fabrics that you can then upcycle
  • Charity shops – if you have stained, holey or bobbly clothes, bag them separately and label – the charity shop can still get money for them.
  • Darning – it’s still alive and thriving and will make your woolens last longer
  • Dyeing – breathe new life into a grubby item of clothing
  • eBay – make some money or buy new clothes at a fraction of the price
  • Hire shops – perfect if you have a one-off black tie event to attend
  • Learn a skill – find out how to make curtains, mend a zip, knit or repair a ripped hem
  • Repurpose – t-shirts into cleaning cloths, mens shirts into reusable bags, jeans into draught excluders – the possibilities are endless
  • Patching – remember the smiley patches we had on our jeans knees as kids?
  • Second hand dress agencies – ideal if you’re invited to a wedding but won’t wear the outfit again
  • Swishing – bring together friends, nibbles and your unloved clothes
  • Textile banks – even really ropey stuff can go in a textile bank where it will be used for cleaning cloths or stuffing material

What about you? How do you declutter your wardrobe and airing cupboard without creating landfill waste? And where do you get new clothes from?

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