Save money (and the environment), recycle your old clothes

The most perfect summer has come to an end. Even though some of us are still in denial; my friends and I barbecued in drizzle the other week and then picnicked along the canal at Granary Square the following weekend. The weather has been yo-yoing enough for us to pretend, but if the chilly mornings and evenings of late September are anything to go by, October is sure to bring with it cold.

Our wardrobes are set to change (if they haven’t started to already). It is about the time we trade single layers for doubles. Simple t-shirts for sweatshirts and turtle necks. And with the finite space available in most London homes, this means a new crop of clothes will end up in our “don’t want it”, “donate” or “bin” piles and will need new homes. Some of these clothes will eventually end up in landfill. In 2016, 300,000 tonnes of clothes were thrown into landfill, that is the equivalent of 375 million pairs of jeans (imagine!).You’re probably thinking…why should that figure matter to me?

Why you should recycle your clothes

Putting your clothes in the bin is losing you (and the economy) money. Retailers like H&M, Marks and Spencer’s and John Lewis have started paying customers to return their old clothes. This is because they recognise the value of these discarded clothes (approximately £120million worth of clothes go to landfill year on year). So now, you can save up to £50 on that dress or coat you’ve been dreaming about by using a retailer’s takeback scheme. To find retailers who have a clothing takeback programme, use the Impact Fashion app. Continue reading “Save money (and the environment), recycle your old clothes”