What to do with old clothing?, 23°

Kate I. 112°

I have a bag full of old clothes that I no longer wear / fit me. They are all still in pretty good condition - wheres the best place to take them? I'm in Wellington NZ

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St Vincent de Paul in Newtown has a collection point at their shop which is also available through a chute after hours. They sell a lot of them really cheaply and the rest I guess they send off to the rag recyclers. The shop is just south of the New World supermarket. Alternatively, the recycling centre at the southern landfill or Trash Palace at the Poirirua landfill.

Written in July 2008

The Paint Branch Montessori School Ecology Club (Adelphi, Maryland, U.S.) explored how buying clothes affects the earth. First through 4th graders exmined where their clothes are made, how they are made, what they are made of, what type of person makes the clothes, how do the clothes get to us, how do we get to where the clothes are, what are the clothes packaged in, what happens to the packaging, how long do we wear the clothes, what do we do with the clothes when we are through with them. How much energy does this entire process use? My first grader read the label on his winter coat and learned that the shell and lining were made from oil in China. I now have my first graders reading the labels on stuff they buy and thinking of the map of the world, transportation issues and their personal imprint on the globe. Sowinergy

Written in July 2008

You can donate to charity or organizations that will give these away to people who need clothes, no matter unfashionable. It is good to extend the life of things we own and not just throw them away.

Written in July 2008

Tim R.

Keep em alive till they die is the obvious answer! Charity shops are surely the way. The choice becomes about which charity you want to support by your gift.

Written in July 2008

Kat M.

In Taranaki St there is a Salvation Army shop that takes clothing donations.

Written in July 2008

Dean D. 65°

Help the needy and send them to a local church.

Written in July 2008

Get creative and practical. Use them to make something else you need or use them as a weed barrier in your garden. Natural fibers will break down over time which is fine so don't use synthetic materials.

Written in July 2008

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You could have a swap party. Invite a load of girl friends round with all their unwanted clothes. Everybody goes home with something new, and anything that's left over can go to the charity shops.

Written in July 2008

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Make a snake (tube) draught excluder and stuff it full of rags made from torn up clothes. Insulate your home and reduce your emissions.

This was the only how to I found ... but then I only looked on the 1st page of Google.
http://www.craftycrafty.tv/2007/09/how_to_make_...

Written in July 2008

You should distribute them to the street children and others who are in great need. Many people are there who even don't have clothes to cover there body

Written in July 2008

Barbara M. 149°

Take them to 'The Big Shhwop' in the Southern Cross bar on Saturday August 2nd!! The idea is simple, girls bring along their good quality clothes and exchange them for vouchers (one item of clothing = one voucher) and then you get to 'purchase' other items of clothing with your vouchers. You get a new wardrobe without spending a cent!

Written in July 2008

You can donate them to charity! Or upcycle them! For more green acts you can visit motleygreen.com.

Written in December 2012

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