So, you want to break up with your clothes?

No one likes being dumped. To avoid sending your unloved clothing to a landfill or incinerator, here are options for you to test out before calling it quits.  

 

 

SWAP IT
Hosting a clothing swap is a fun way to trade your gently-used clothing to someone who will love and wear them. They’re easier than you think to plan, you avoid the landfill, plus you get the bonus of shopping your friends’ closets for free. Figure out what clothes you’re over, tell your friends to do the same, and get swapping. Read about how you can plan your own clothing swap on our journal.


RECYCLE IT
Check with your city, as some are starting to implement textile recycling programs to ensure your clothing finds a new life as something else, like insulation.


REPAIR IT
Missing a button? Ripped seam? One word: YouTube. Repairs are a sustainable way to keep items for a longer time. Don’t feel like doing the repair yourself? There are tailors, seamstresses, shoemakers, and even watch repair places to fix anything on your list.


SELL IT
If your clothing is in almost-new condition, you can sell or trade it through apps like Depop and Bunz.


UPCYCLE IT
If you’re feeling creative, make that cozy sweater you no longer wear into a pair of mittens.There are endless DIYs and Pinterest pins for things like this, so give one a try.
DONATE IT
When in doubt, donate your never worn clothing. What many people don’t know is that clothing charities are actually huge textile recyclers and resellers. Of donated clothing, 50% of it is re-sold, 45% is downcycled and only 5% is sent to a landfill (source). Many clothing charities will take anything as a donation. They’ll even take damaged items, including your solo shoe, or shirt with a ripped sleeve.

Donation Locations
United States
Goodwill
The Salvation Army
The Arc
ThredUp

Australia
Recycling Near You

Singapore
The National Environment Agency App

Germany
FairWertung

Sweden
Stockholm Vatten och Avfall

France
Ou Recycler

Switzerland
Recycling Map

Argentina
Donde Reciclo