As I mentioned in my previous post, I have recently had a good clear out of my wardrobes and as usual I took all the bits and pieces that I'd decided to part company with to my local charity shop. However, my soon-to-be sister-in-law recently drew my attention to a scheme that operates in her area – Weigh and Pay. In a nutshell, they are a company who specialise in recycling textiles – clothes, shoes, handbags, belts, curtains and household linen – and for every 10kg bag you drop off at their recycling centre they will give you £4! So you can raise a bit of money and cleanse your house at the same time – result!!
Cash for Clothing operates throughout the UK and will collect from your door. They not only take clothing, but also CDs and DVDs too. The clothing they collect is sent to third world countries or to those experiencing situations that result in extreme poverty. Clothing that is not suitable to be re-used will either be made into new textiles or be used as wiping cloths by various industries.
UK Clothing Caravan also offers a clothes collection service. Their work force grade and sort each piece of clothing into over 200 grades before exporting it worldwide. As well as proving affordable second-hand clothes it also generates employment and supporting entrepreneurship in the developing world. You can also use this scheme to raise money for your local community or fund raise for a cause you want to help.
Ultimately by recycling clothing, you are also being environmentally friendly as the more that's sent to landfill the more that has to be produced thus increasing pollution.
If you need any more convincing here’s an equation that everyone can relate to!!
(Equation courtesy of soon-to-be sister-in-law!!)