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It is estimated that £140 million worth of used clothing goes to landfill each year in the UK. Yet many of these clothes could probably have been worn again, or if not, recycled. Perhaps some of these clothes were simply in need of repair or adjustment but the owners did not know how. If you do have unwanted textiles, there are lots of easy ways to ensure that they are reused: 

  • Try clothes swapping, or ‘swishing’: Either host your own swishing party with friends or take some unwanted items to an organised event where you can swap them for something else. We produced a Swishing Party Pack to help you hold your own swishing party.
  • Upcycle your clothes or make more use of them through alteration and repair and save the cost of buying new ones. Visit the Love Your Clothes website for useful tips and ideas about ways to maintain, repair or even enhance your clothes.
  • Donate to charity or make use of an on-street textiles bank. Use the charity shop locator to find charity shops near you.
  • When textiles are beyond repair, you can still put them to good use by recycling them. To find your nearest textiles bank visit the Recycle for London website.