Love your clothes

Woman holding a bundle of clothes

Wednesday 16 November 2016

Each year, 350,000 tonnes of clothing are thrown away in the UK where it loses all value and costs taxpayers for disposal.

Together with Love Your Clothes, we want to reduce the amount of textiles thrown away in Essex.

It’s estimated that in each UK home about £1,200-worth of clothing lies forgotten and unworn. If donated, this clothing could generate over £140 million of additional income and help people in your local community.

Buying and selling pre-loved textiles would also help to reduce the carbon and water footprint of textiles.

Please do not dispose of textiles in your general rubbish bins – unless you have stuffed textiles such as duvets and pillows which cannot be cleaned or donated.

What can you do to reduce textiles being thrown away?

Think before your buy. Do you really need it? If yes, consider purchasing something pre-owned or investing in good-quality clothing that will last longer.

Thinking of throwing something away due to a hole or frayed seam? Why not try and repair it yourself? Love Your Clothes has more information on textile repair events and workshops near you.

If you have good-quality clothing that you no longer want, please consider:

If you have textiles beyond reuse then please recycle

These local councils provide a kerbside collection for textiles.

Textiles can also be deposited at bring banks commonly found in car parks, supermarkets and town centres or in textile recycling banks at your local recycling centre.

What textiles can be recycled?

All curtains, blankets, bed linen, shoes and clothing. This includes: pillow cases, sheets, duvet covers, tights, underwear and odd socks.