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In with the old and out with the new

It’s time to breathe new life into old garments with our ideas on how to recycle clothes. Even if you find a stain you can use detergent to easily get rid of it.

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Big heap of colourful clothing

Believe it or not, fashion has a higher cost than simply buying your dream pair of shoes. In fact, the clothing and textile industry has a significant impact on the environment, from water pollution and consumption, all the way to maxing out our landfills. But there is something you can do about it. So, here is how you can do your part in the sustainable fashion movement.

Give it some TLC

It’s not uncommon for a garment to lose its colour after the first wash. This is why you should take good care of your clothing by using a quality detergent to make it last longer without looking ragged.

Has your lifestyle during the Covid-19 lockdown affected the type of stains you get on your clothes?

Host a jumble sale

Perhaps you have reached the end of the road with some of your favourite items of clothing, maybe they don’t fit anymore or they simply don’t fit in with your lifestyle any longer. You can sell your previously loved items of clothing to someone who will cherish them. Plus, you can make a few bucks while doing so. It’s a win-win situation.

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Donate to charity

If you don’t have the time or patience to sell your second-hand clothes or you just want to do something nice, you can donate them to a charity and help someone in need.

Get thrifty

If you’re absolutely dying to buy something new for your wardrobe then why not buy second-hand? Give new life to pre-owned clothes with a careful wash using your favourite laundry detergent. Just make sure to check the garment's care label instructions.

Clothing swap or a fashion exchange

Have you ever wished you could go shopping in someone else’s wardrobe? Well, you actually can. Clothing exchanges are a cool way to swop your clothes with your friends or even stylish strangers. All you have to do is take an item of clothing you no longer wear with you and exchange it with someone else who is also getting rid of clothing they no longer want. It’s that simple!

Upcycle into something else

When it comes to recycling clothing ideas, there is no shortage. There are loads of ways to upcycle your clothing in order to create a new purpose for them. Textiles can be turned into blankets, cushion covers, toys or bags. Alternatively, materials make great cleaning cloths, cushion stuffing and even rugs.

So, it’s time to breathe new life into old garments. Not only will you be doing your part for the environment but you will be doing your wardrobe and probably your purse a favour too.

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