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GIVE CLOTHES A SECOND LIFE

After your garment has lived a long and productive life, it inevitably comes time to say goodbye. Instead of sending it to landfill, why not give it a second use? Recycle it, upcycle it, give it away, sell it — the possibilities are endless.

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Start a habit. When you buy one item of clothing, give away one item you don’t want to a friend. Giving away clothes keeps clothes in circulation — plus, your friends won’t need to buy anything new.

Recycle old clothes. Give clothes you no longer wear to a reputable textile recycling programme. Even though ~95% of discarded clothing can be recycled, nearly 73% of it ends up being burnt or in landfill.

Get creative. Use your creativity to breathe new life into old clothes. Customisation is a fun way to create something unique and one of a kind — plus it’s a fast growing fashion trend.

Find a partner-in-crime. With a great tailor, the possibilities for fashion customisation and repair are endless! Plus, you are helping to preserve the craft of tailoring.

Sell your stuff. Make some cash off gently worn items by selling on consignment or an online platform. Reselling a cotton T-shirt secondhand — versus throwing it away — reduces its carbon impact by 14%.

MORE RESOURCES

  • 100 Ways to Upcycle Your Clothes [Article] — Turning jeans into shorts? Expanding a too-tight shirt? This article provides a long list of ideas for upcycling the clothes you already have.
  • How to Host a Clothing Swap Party [Article] – Want to host a clothing swap to refresh your wardrobe without buying anything new? Here are some top tips
  • Recycling in the Amsterdam Area [Resource] — Curious what the textile recycling set-up in Amsterdam is? This overview from the city government explains how to properly sort and recycle your textile waste. (Tip: Fashion for Good also has a clothes recycling bin on-site.)
  • Maarktplaats, eBay and Etsy [Tools] — Just a few of the online platforms where you can sell gently worn clothes.

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