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Recycling, donating and selling your old clothes – The sustainable way to purge your closet in the new decade

Recycling, donating and selling your old clothes – The sustainable way to purge your closet in the new decade

Let’s face it – no one purchases clothes with a thought in the back of their mind that after some time they will have to get rid of them. This takes away the pressure from the buyer, and he isn’t feeling guilty when that yet another sales item ends up in his shopping cart.

save planetWith climate change posing a threat to our planet and sustainable shopping turning mainstream, such behavior is no longer viable. Even the most avid fashionistas have stepped away from the routine of going high-street shopping every week. 

Nowadays people are moving towards becoming mindful about their shopping habits and incorporating practices like recycling, donating and selling their clothes before they purchase the new ones. Depending on the condition of your old clothes, you have plenty of ways to get rid of them in a sustainable manner. Your clothes can acquire a new home by someone who will prolong their life while you can avoid contributing to the overly saturated landfill. Everyone wins.

Check out these easy methods to detox your wardrobe, determine which ones suit you and your lifestyle the most and start doing the good deed:

  • Explore your local textile recycling companies and find out how you can donate. Some cities have recycling bins located at set locations, while others have organizations like Goodwill that allow you to drop off your items for free. If your town doesn’t have these options or your clothes are in a poor state, you can take the matter in your hands and create a different use for your old clothes. Turn them into cleaning rags or dusting tool and reap the benefits of having a handy instrument at your disposal at all times.
  • Swap your clothes with friends and family or attend clothes swapping fairs. These practices are not only environmentally-conscious but also beneficial for both parties. In case you still have some articles of clothing left, put them on Vinted or Depop. These resale marketplaces allow other people to shop second-hand or new items posted by you. The process is simple: you take a photo of the article, set the price, and close the sale. These platforms are similar to OG websites like eBay and Etsy where people have been selling their stuff for decades now.
  • The same scenario applies to the designer apparel marketplaces like Vestiare Collective and Collector Square. If your loafers from Gucci or a Phillip Lim bag are in a good condition, you might even be able to get 80% of their initial cost back. A quick tip – state the price you bought them for next to the discounted price whenever possible. This gives the potential buyers the justification of purchasing an expensive item and eliminates the guilt feeling. 
  • Consider renting your clothes on Hurr Collective if selling them is not yet in the plans. Often named ‘Airbnb for fashion’, this platform enables you to monetize your clothes by listing and renting them online. The company’s sustainable approach to the world of fashion is revolutionary as it extends the lifespan of clothes by allowing other snappy dressers to get the most use out of them. 

As you can see, there is a wide variety of schemes available to those willing to put a little more effort into disposing of their old stuff. It does take time, but this is the time well spent. Remember that you are doing a favor not only for the environment but also for your mental health. Stuffed up wardrobe never brought anyone peace of mind, so the next time you are thinking about buying that shirt on sale, get rid of one item you already have in your closet. This swapping will pay off in the long run.    

And if you do decide to make a well-thought-our purchase, consider downloading our CHIC app. This way you will make the right decision that won’t be collecting dust in the closet.


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 Anastasia Hamurari

Anastasia is a 22-year old digital storyteller who finds joy in communicating her passion for all things travel, fashion and lifestyle through words. You will find her most of the time either chatting with a stranger about climate change or reading a book about world history. She hopes to collaborate with big brands and tell their stories to the public one day. 



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