Clothing Waste Reduction
Choosing where your old clothes will end up is very important. On average, more than three hundred and fifty tonnes of clothing go to UK’s landfills every month. In landfills, the decomposing garments release a greenhouse gas called methane, which is very harmful to the environment. Materials like leather can take about 25 to 40 years before decomposing. Threads and cotton can take between 3 to 4 months. Synthetic fabrics such as polyester and lycra can take more than a hundred years to decompose. That’s a lot of gas-emitting time, and we would instead save our environment from such. It is advisable to keep our clothes out of the rubbish by repairing them when they get torn or by recycling them responsibly. There are many ways to prevent unwanted rubbish removal out of landfills, and here are the tips for tackling fashion waste.
- Swap and Share
Friends can create a clothing exchange. A person’s trash might be another person’s treasure. Friends can bring clothes that they no longer want and exchange them with one another without spending a dime or sending any clothes to the landfill. Clothes swap leaves everyone with fresh items that fill the wardrobe, and it becomes a win-win situation. You can plan your swap with friends, or you can use sites that organize regular exchange events like The Clothing Exchange.
With the popularity in re-fashion, there are various creative ways on how you can turn old clothing into fresh, new products. For example, you can recycle old denim into a funky quilt, an outdated skirt into an apron, or unwanted t-shirt into a pajama or bag. Unwanted clothing can also be used to make accessories such as a scarf, pom poms, or even doormats. If there is no other use, they can serve as cleaning materials. By doing so, very little textile waste will find its way into our wheelie bins. Reduced cloth waste at home will ease rubbish removal work done by Cleerabee in our landfills.
- Rags to Riches
You can make some extra dollars by reselling beautiful clothes that you no longer want. That can be done online on sites such as eBay, Face book Marketplace, Alibaba, or through a neighborhood consignment shop. You can also sell your children outgrown clothes through their trendy online storefront. Most of these selling sites are free and lets you fill your location so that you can sell near your local area. Selling to people who live close enough to come and collect their items can save on postage.
- Donate, Feel Great
Instead of throwing away your unwanted clothing, donating is an excellent way of giving back. Consider giving your unwanted clothes to someone who will appreciate them like your friends, family, and neighbors. You can as well consider giving out to charity, or those organizations that need them. Donations can also be by placing unwanted clothing into a clothing bin near you. Textile collectors and processors are the ones that handle collection bins, and donated clothing goes to donations or export.
Landfill Rubbish Removal
Cleerabee collects tones of garments from landfills, which it passes to its recycling plant. They divert ninety percent of what is collected and make reusable products. Landfill rubbish removal reduces the percentage of non-biodegradable textile waste, thereby conserving our environment. Let us keep in mind that textile waste can get out of our landfills. In summary, fashion waste can be recycled, reused, or repurposed for the greater good.