Love Your Clothes
What can you do to reduce textiles being thrown away?
Together with Love Your Clothes, we want to reduce the amount of textiles thrown away in Gloucestershire.
Each year, 350,000 tonnes of clothing are thrown away in the UK where it loses all value and costs taxpayers for disposal. It's estimated that in each UK home about £1,200-worth of clothing lies forgotten and unworn. If donated, this clothing could generate over £140 million of additional income and help people in your local community.
Buying and selling pre-loved textiles also helps to reduce the carbon and water footprint of textiles. Please do not dispose of textiles in your general rubbish bins - unless you have stuffed textiles such as duvets, cushions and pillows as these cannot be cleaned for reuse or recycling.
All curtains, blankets, bed linen, shoes, underwear and even odd socks should be recycled. If the item isn't good enough for a charity shop to sell it on, you can either:
The only textiles you should ever put in your bin are unusable stuffed textiles, such as duvets, cushions and pillows.