You have a so many options when it comes to donating your clothes to charity. There are charities that take reusable clothes and sell them on, as well as charities that take clothes for recycling. So make sure you check first. You also have a myriad of options when it comes to how you donate:
Charity shops such as The Salvation Army and Oxfam will take your donated clothes in store. TK Maxx also gives out bags for you to fill and return in aid of Cancer Research UK.
Book a Bulk Collection From Home
If you don’t have the time, it’s still better to donate than not, so you can always fill a clothing bag and leave it outside your door for collection. Below is a list of some of the charities offering this service.
The Christie, YMCA, Scope, The Fire Fighters Charity, British Red Cross, Tree of Hope, The Salvation Army, Kidney Research UK, Leukaemia & Myeloma Research UK, Against Breast Cancer, Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, British Heart Foundation, NSPCC, Age UK , Macmillan or Clothes Aid (does collection for several charities).
The Uber of textile donation apps. Gone for Good aims to ‘turn your clutter into something good for the environment and for people in need. You simply download the app and take a snap of the item you wish to donate. This way they will know what to expect when collecting from you. The donations go to participating charities including: Mind, British Heart Foundation and Shelter.
Some local councils offer a textile recycling bag to include with your weekly home recycling. So it’s worth enquiring with them to see if this is available too. Furthermore many charities, especially smaller ones, operate home collection independently through retail stores. So call up your local charity shop to see if this service is provided too.
Always check the collectors are registered charities and even members of Textile Recycling Association, to ensure funds are being paid to the charities they claim to collect for. For more information on donating charity bags safely, the Fundraising Standards Board is a helpful resource.
Help Refugee Crisis
Textiles are also urgently needed to support humanitarian efforts surrounding the refugee crisis. This is a useful map to find your local, grassroots associations who can tell you where your nearest donation drop off point is, as well as arrange collections. It’s very important to find out what items are needed before donating. The Calaid site features a list of items in need, and so will other charities working to support refugees.
Sharing is Caring
You can, quite simply, give your clothes away for free on sites such as Freecycle and Freegle. Many communities also have a ‘Free your stuff’ type Facebook page always looking for a contribution. You might probably take advantage of something free yourself at some point._
This article is part of the article series "What to do with your unwanted clothes":
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