As a nation we throw away 1.2 million tonnes of clothes each year!
The question is, what do you do with those unloved pieces? Do you pop them on eBay/Depop, take them down to a charity shop or bin them? I can understand binning those odd socks, the worn out pair that you’ve kept for sentimental value, but why bin good quality clothes when you could get some money in your pocket? Enviroclothes believe that unwanted clothes deserve a second chance, not only so you can earn a few pennies, but to help the environment along the way.
I’d been in need of a clear out for some time. Y’know the feeling when you open your wardrobe and something either falls on you, or you spend a good fifteen minutes rummaging to find that top? So I popped the kettle on and armed with a cuppa, I got to work. Sifting through fast fashion trends I’d bought into and being ruthless. Now I’m far from a capsule wardrobe, but I’ve freed up a lot of coathangers and rediscovered some gems, like this dress that will look great with these Valentino inspired shoes, right?
Popping along to my nearby drop off point, I got the satisfaction that my wardrobe could breathe again and knew that someone out there would give my pieces a new lease of life. There’s three simple steps; check, weigh, pay. Those bulkier items, like knitwear and coats will obviously weigh a little more and earn you a few more pennies, but make sure that whatever you’re packing up still has some life in it. Anything with coffee stains, rips or completely worn out won’t be accepted – but surely that goes without saying! It’s a yes to any tops, knitwear, jeans, shorts paired shoes, accessories – hats, scarves, bags, costume jewellery etc. but Enviroclothes won’t accept any branded workwear, stained items, school uniforms or household textiles.
So when you’re next spring cleaning, consider what you’re casting aside and why not bag it up and pop along to an Enviroclothes drop off point? With drop off points at Cramlington Manor Walks shopping centre, Durham’s Arnison Centre and Team Valley Retail World, it’s easy to pop by when you’re out shopping. Alternatively book a home collection and hand over those outfits you won’t wear anymore. If you quote “HELLO FRECKLES ENVIROCLOTHES” either on drop off, or if you book a collection, you can get a higher rate of 50p per kilo of clothes you’re handing over. So if that isn’t a little incentive to spring clean your wardrobe, I don’t know what is!
When did you last have a clear out?
Post in collaboration with Enviroclothes.