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What to do with unwanted textiles

4 reasons why you should donate your good quality clothing and textiles, rather than throwing them away 👇

  1. Every year in the UK, an estimated 300,000 tonnes of clothing is thrown away by households. By donating garments instead of binning them, you can help reduce this number and the impact this has on the planet.
  2. By donating good quality clothing to charity shops you will be supporting your chosen charity to raise funds for their good work.
  3. Currently 5% of the UK's total annual carbon and water footprints result from clothing consumption. But if clothes stayed active for nine months longer (extending their average life to around three years), it would reduce their carbon, water and waste footprints by 20-30%.
  4. Donating excess clothing can clear out your wardrobe to give you a tidy, well organised space, making it easier to find and wear the items you love.

Donating clothing or textiles couldn't be easier. Most charity shops accept clothing donations, but you can find out more by contacting them directly. You can also Find local Charity Shops by postcode or town.

Page updated: 08/07/2022 Page updated by: Waste Management

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