Love fashion but need to ethically declutter? Learn how to responsibly dispose of your unwanted fashion and stop the clutter spiral.
Letting go of unwanted clothes allows us to see what we love to wear and stops that vicious clutter spiral of “I couldn’t find it, so I bought another” or “I forgot I had it, so I brought another”
Having an organised wardrobe will save time, space, money and help to reduce the carbon footprint of what we wear. Did you know? 6000kg of clothing and textiles go to landfill every 10 minutes in Australia! Source: Textile Beat
When it comes time to donate unwanted clothes, it is always best to check with your local clothes charity and ask what can and can’t be donated.
Here are a few things to consider
- What cannot be donated? Worn and soiled clothing, footwear and accessories
- How best to donate clothes? Cleaned and ready to wear-In good repair-Packaged in sturdy bags
Did you know?
- 3 years is the average lifespan of a garment
- It takes 30-40 years for nylon blend fabrics to biodegrade
- 47% of the chemicals used in cotton farming are classed as either-Possible,Likely, Probable, known human CARCINOGENS
- Traditional dry cleaning uses PERC (perchloroethylene) which is classified by the EPA as a toxic air contaminant.
Here are a few simple ways to reduce your fashion carbon footprint
- Rethink and invest in good-quality clothing in colours and styles that suit you
- Restyle existing pieces
- Hire a personal fashion stylist to get the most out what you have
- Rethink reusable clothing, why not hire clothing for special occasions
- Take care to store your clothes correctly to increase their lifespan
- Choose natural fibres over man-made fibres. Natural fibres: organic cotton, wool, linen, silk and bamboo.
- Compost natural fibres
- Organise your own clothes swap party
- To give your clothes a second life drop off your unwanted things at SCR Group Clothing Drop-Off Hubs, click here to find a location near you. SCR Group make sure what we don’t want any more doesn’t end up landfill.
- Donate- Another favorite of Eco Organiser® is Wear for Success they provide professional clothing and work skills training to provide people with the best possible chance of achieving their dreams.Wear for Success commenced in 2011 and is a not-for-profit organisation run by a dedicated group of volunteers and management team, including a volunteer Board. Since then we have helped over 2,500 people needing support on their journey back to work. They are a registered charity and donations over $2 are tax deductible.
The 10R’s© Rethink Responsible Refuse Repurpose Reorganise Repair Reduce Reuse Recycle Reward