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In a Responsible Fashion- How to responsibly donate unwanted clothes and reduce waste to landfill

Not everyone has a massive walk-in robe where clothes can hang all year around. Some have a “floorobe” instead of a wardrobe, where clothes take up most to the floor space. Making it difficult to find what you want, when you want it.

Letting go of unwanted clothes allows us to see what we love to wear and stops that vicious clutter cycle 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!


Responsible Disposal

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 guidelines 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

What do clothes cost the environment?

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





Here are a few simple ways to reduce our clothes’ 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

Traditional dry cleaning uses PERC (perchloroethylene) which is classified by the EPA as a toxic air contaminant. Try saying that one after a long day!

Other ways to responsibly dispose of unwanted clothes

Organise a Party

Organise your own clothes swap party or sign up to Garage Sale Trail 2017.  Australia’s biggest reuse event, 10000+ garage sales from Saturday 21 – Sunday 22 October 2017.


To give your clothes a second life after hours or on the weekends when some charity shops are closed – you can 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.


Another favourited by 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