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.
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.
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.
If your clothing is in almost-new condition, you can sell or trade it through apps like Depop
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.
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
Ontario-specific Oasis Clothing Bank Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy
The Salvation Army Diabetes Canada Value Village