A New Twist on Cleaning Out Your Closet

Last Updated: June 13, 2024By

A New Twist on Cleaning Out Your Closet

Instead of tossing your tired, tattered, and torn threads into the trash, Brits are being urged to give their worn-out wardrobe wonders a new lease on life through the postal service. This trial aims to combat the alarming amount of textiles that end up in landfills or go up in smoke every year.


What to Do with Your Unwearables

According to stats, a third of folks are clueless about what to do with their worn-out tops, dresses, and trousers. And believe it or not, a similar number just chuck them in the regular old trash bin. But fear not, because now you can kiss those unwearable clothes goodbye by popping them into a prepaid postal bag provided by Marks & Spencer and Oxfam.

Katharine Beacham, the sustainability guru at M&S, is all for it, saying this scheme allows folks to clear out their unwanted clothes in one fell swoop. “Whether it’s pristine or past its prime, we want it all,” she declares.


From Shwopping to Shipping

M&S and Oxfam have long been pals in the “shwopping” game, where customers trade in old clothes for loyalty perks. But this postal scheme, funded by a chunk of change from M&S’s ethical project Plan A, takes things up a notch. It’s all part of a grand plan to curb textile waste, considering the UK’s closets are bursting with 1.6 billion items of unworn clothing.

To get in on the action, hop on over to the Oxfam website to snag your donation bag. Then, simply stuff your unwearable items in a separate sack. And if you’re scratching your head wondering what makes the cut, just remember: wearable means clean, dry, and in decent nick, while unwearable means it’s seen better days—think torn, stained, or stretched to the max.


Give Your Old Linens a New Life

But wait, there’s more! Alongside those old duds, you can also donate preloved soft furnishings like bedding, towels, and cushions. However, the in-store “shwopping” scheme at M&S is strictly for wearables, so leave the soiled stuff at home.

As for those still wearable donations, they’ll find new homes through Oxfam’s stores and website. But fear not for the unwearables—they’ll be handled responsibly by the UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT), which is cooking up plans for a cutting-edge facility to transform them into fresh garments.

Take Action Against Textile Waste

Adam Mansell, head honcho at UKFT, is rallying the troops for action against the tidal wave of textile trash. “Let’s get folks separating their items so we can breathe new life into worn-out clothes right here in the UK,” he urges.

So, there you have it—a simple way to clear out your closet clutter while doing your part for the planet. It’s time to give your old threads a second chance at style!

A New Twist on Cleaning Out Your Closet

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