This week, at Serena we wanted to look after the environment by inspiring our readers to do so. Therefore, we have focused on recycling old clothes that we no longer use.
Today, we buy a lot of clothes to be fashionable as trends change so fast and also to look presentable as the quality of mass market clothes is often poor that forces us to replace the garment. All these cause us to store large amounts of clothes in the wardrobe that is old and that we are no longer using. Therefore, NOW is the time to become aware and put into practice some of the following suggestions to recycle clothes instead of throwing it away.
DONATE THEM TO PLACES THAT GET OLD CLOTHES
Nowadays, there are many donation points that are open to anyone who can go and deposit their old clothes. Then they take care of it by sending it to charities or giving it to families in need. Also, if the garments are very old, utilisation points repurpose old clothes to use it as upholstery filler or insulation.
RESEARCH TEXTILE RECYCLING
When it comes to clothes, it is necessary to look for clothing recycling containers near your home, because if you just put it into your regular garnage disposal sadly your efforts won’t matter. So remember to recycle only at designated containers.
LOVE AND CARE, AKA MAINTENANCE
Often we dismiss clothing items just if there is a tiny hole in the garment, but remember how previous generations looked after clothes, fixing it, cleaning it and respecting it.
If you do not practice this, it is a great time to emerge into maintenance and some love towards your possessions.
If the garment is no longer presentable and can not be fixed, then you can use it for your craft and design skills. Perhaps you were always fascinated about designers, well... you can give it a go and try your creative skills with your old clothing. Another tip - you can combine 2 ‘old’ items and make something very special and new. As a bonus you will be the only person wearing it, so bring on the style and stay unique and true to yourself.
TURN THEM INTO CLOTH TO CLEAN THE HOUSE
Another way to recycle clothes is to make large pieces of material for cleaning. It is as easy as cutting clothes which fabrics do not scratch and turning it into cloth to remove dust or clean the windows. This way you will save money when buying cleaning utensils, keep your home pristine and contribute to the sustainability of the environment.
TAKE IT TO THRIFT STORES (SECOND HAND)
Although it may not seem like it, there are second-hand stores willing to collect used clothes. It is true that some do not want very worn and old clothes but others do. For this reason, it is best to go inside and ask what they do with the clothes if they are old and used, to ensure that they don’t just throw it away. In many cities now charity shops/second hand shops place containers, where you can deposit all your unwanted items.
Be vigilant, kind and let make our home planet a better place by taking responsibility for our own actions! Namaste.
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