Donate Clothes and Earn Cash


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.

Nat x





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