Generally, I’m pretty thrifty. Yes I do buy new clothes very occasionally, but when I do I like to have at least a vague idea that I’m not subjecting a man, woman or child many thousands of miles away to a life that I could never imagine. Equally I don’t have unending cash to throw around. Enter H&M… I quite often buy from them because they have a massive selection, are cheap and have ethical options via their ‘Conscious’ range. You can read more about H&M’s ethics here.
When it comes to clearing out our cupboards – I will never throw anything in the bin. Everything goes to either a charity shop or a clothes bank so that it can either be used again or recycled.
Recently a friend of mine mentioned that you can donate a bag of clothes at your local H&M store, and in return receive a £5 voucher to spend on new purchases. It’s a marriage of two things I care about, and so I was thrilled to hear about it and wanted to share it with you.
Once you drop them off, textiles are sorted into three categories:
- Rewear – clothing that can be worn again will be sold as second hand clothes.
- Reuse – old clothes and textiles will be turned into other products, such as cleaning cloths.
- Recycle – everything else is turned into textile fibres, and used for things like insulation.
What a brilliant idea! Donate and pay for your new stuff.
According to H&M – as much as 95% of clothes thrown away could have been re-worn or recycled. That is a lot.
I seriously encourage you to think sustainably when clearing out your closets, and donating at one of the H&M stores is a great way to do it, or if not at your local charity shop or clothes bank. Even if the clothes are in terrible condition – still donate – because they can be sorted and recycled, keeping it out of landfill.