Six things you can do with clothes and items you no longer want

In the earlier days of lockdown, many of us used the time to have a clear out. It’s therefore unsurprising that, as we continue to emerge from it, we are left with bags of clothing and items we no longer use.

Thursday, 23rd July 2020, 2:37 pm
Updated Thursday, 23rd July 2020, 2:38 pm

Here’s six things you could do with them, according to coupon and cahsback site GivingAssistant.org.

1. Upcycle

Upcycling continues to be huge trend within the fashion world, with thousands of tutorials readily available. This creative alternative is the process of transforming old, unwanted clothes into new products.

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College students take part in a fashion show, displaying upcycled clothing.

2. Make rags

Cutting down unwanted clothes to turn them into dust and cleaning rags is one of the easiest ways to recycle - and you’ll be saving money too.

3. Donate to animal shelters and charity shops

Some animal shelters are paired with local charity shops (for example RSPCA), so it is possible to send your clothes their way if they aren’t overstocked.

Charity shops are an obvious choice for pre-loved clothes, but call ahead to check for any guidance around dropping off as policies may have changed from pre-Covid times.

4. Resell online

One of the best ways to get your worth out of clothes is by reselling them online, using websites like eBay and Depop.

5. Hand them down

Post them in your local ‘buy and sell’ groups on Facebook, or ask your friends directly if they would like your goods.

6. Use high street donation schemes

High street stores such as H&M take part in garment collective programmes which prevent customers’ unwanted clothes from going to landfill. Each outlet is different, but they usually accept any unwanted clothes.