They're costing how much?????
We have done some research and found that we spend £1.4 million every year on disposing of textiles thrown away at home in the general waste bin.
Not only that, but when you bin your clothes, it means you're paying for them twice. How?
1. When you buy them - you pay with cash or card, out of your bank account.
2. When you bin them, we have steep costs to pay to dispose of those items - and that money comes from your council tax.
What are textiles?
Textiles are a whole range of things and they can all be reused or recycled, they don't have to go in the bin.
So if you have any of the following, please think before you throw them away.
- Pillow cases
- Duvet covers (not duvets though)
"It's got to go"
There are dozens of reasons for not wanting to wear something anymore. But we think the most common are:
- It's broken or got a hole or tear in it or is stained. It can't be worn basically.
- It used to fit, but now it doesn't - especially true for kids' clothes.
- You just don't like it anymore.
- You forgot you had it (how many clothes do you have?!!) and now its out of fashion.
- It's been worn to death, and is literally thread bare.
Your four solutions
1. Give it away. To a charity shop, or to friends, neighbours, or family.
2. Take it to a bring bank - they're everywhere, use the links at the bottom of this page.
3. Take it to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Site - look for the turquoise collection containers or ask a member of staff at the site.
4. Fix it. Don't know how? Visit the Love Your Clothes website for their super speedy clothing repair videos.
Where do my cast-offs end up?
We get a lot of questions about the end destinations of donated clothes. So here's what happens.
- The charity shop. They will sort through the items they get and sell as much as they can. Some charity shops like Cancer Research and The British Heart Foundation even have online shops which they also use to sell higher end items - check out the Cancer Research UK Online Shop and the BHF eBay store. But while many garments do get sold in the shops, more get sent abroad. In fact the top destinations where our donated clothes are traded are Poland, Ghana, Pakistan and the Ukraine. Is that good or bad? Well the charity you gave your clothes to are the ones that sell them on and make money from it, so they are still making a profit, and its still a key source of income for them.
- The bring bank. These are dotted around all over the place - use the links below to find your nearest one. Textile bring banks are usually connected to a charity and items placed in these end up going to a textile merchant and being checked and sorted by hand. The charities are paid for the clothes they have collected i.e. the clothes you placed in their banks. For Worthing residents, Worthing Community Chest welcomes donations to their textile bins which help fund grants for local groups and events. Check out the details on the Worthing Community Chest website.
- The Household Waste Recycling Site. There are 11 of these in West Sussex and all have large textile containers. Your clothes do not have to be decent quality for these, far from it, they can be tatty and torn and it doesn't matter. Once full, the garments are collected by textiles company Wilcox and taken to their sorting factory in the Midlands. All the items are recycled in some way, quality ones traded abroad mostly, and the less quality items becoming car seat fillers and such like.
Find your nearest bring bank
Bring banks are ready and waiting for your unwanted textiles, making money for charity, and making sure they are worn again or recycled.
Mid Sussex district