Reusing clothing and textiles
There are many options for reusing or recycling textiles, find out the best solutions for you.
There are many options for reusing or recycling textiles, but the best option for you will depend on the quality of the textiles you have.
Textiles in good condition
Recycle textiles in good condition:
- if you have clothes and sheets that are unstained, with no holes in them, donate them to your local charity shop
- car boot sales and online sites such as Shpock, Ebay or Facebook are a good way of making some money and passing on your unwanted items
- local textile recycling banks also accept clothes, shoes and other textiles
- recycle clothes and pairs of shoes at Household Recycling Centres (more information below)
- recycle with charity bags
Recycling banks at Household Recycling Centres will accept the items detailed below:
- paired shoes
- all district councils have textile recycling banks except for Bromsgrove and Redditch
- not all clothing recycling banks are collecting for legitimate charities (if you have any doubts, please use a well-known charity)
Textiles in poor condition
Reusing textiles in poor condition:
- some textile recycling banks will accept textiles that are worn out
- some charity shops will also accept damaged textiles
It’s best to check with the individual charity shops before you go. They sell them on to rag merchants.
Buying and repairing
Buying second-hand textiles
In order to divert textiles from landfill, we need to buy re-used items. You can pick up some great second-hand clothes and upholstery fabrics in charity shops, at car boot sales and online sites such as Shpock, Ebay or Facebook. Buying second-hand items will often save you money.
From rags to riches
Try repairing or refashioning clothes for a new look. Local colleges run courses on sewing and making clothing or maybe a friend could help you. Old curtains or upholstery fabrics can be made into new home furnishings or even a stylish bag.