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Garment Care

What's Next? - Ideas for Old Favorites

Clothes hang around for a long time, regardless of whether they spend most of that time in your wardrobe or not. Buying clothing has an environmental impact, so we believe it’s important to be a responsible consumer both at the beginning and end stage of this process. The last place your clothes should end up is in landfill, so we’ve put together a few ideas of what you can do to prevent this.

Sometimes you need to make room in your wardrobe for a new purchase, or perhaps you’re moving house and need to downsize. Regardless of the circumstances, the reality is that all of us at some point will need to get rid of clothes.

Relatively unworn, high-quality clothing can be sold on websites like Trademe or in sell-on-behalf vintage stores - there are now even Facebook groups devoted to selling and swapping second hand clothes. It’s a great way to make a bit of coin, and find your garment a new home.

Have a lot of things to get rid of? Get in touch with your friends to see if they’re in the same boat or need some new clothes - organise a swap meet over a few beers and pizzas.

If an item is in decent condition, we recommend donating it to charity - most neighbourhoods have a local opshop, and many charity groups have centralised collection points.

Sometimes a garment is well past its used by date - but that doesn’t mean it has to go in the trash. Old shirts and t-shirts make great cleaning rags for the kitchen or car.

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