Re-use, re-wear, recycle,

Writing this, as someone in the fashion industry, is somewhat tricky. Can an industry that relies on the turnover of clothes and a need for the new, really be sustainable?

Yes, I buy a lot of clothes. but I also love them.  And hand on heart I have never thrown away any of my clothing. I pass onto friends and family, I donate to charity, I sell online or I do carboot sales. I love the idea of re-circling items and someone wearing something I have fallen out of favour with, and that person getting a little bargain along the way, too!

Anyway, I thought I’d mention a few new places that have appeared on my radar that are doing good things in terms of recycling and with a baby, now, I really understand the concept of a quick turnover clothes-wise, so  have included a few new kids ones, too:

1. The Resolution Store

This is a bit like letting you in on a really exciting secret, as it hasn’t launched yet (set for the 21st September!). But this is a site dedicated to the exclusive resale of Influencer’s clothing, encouraging bloggers to remain eco-friendly, their clothes to have a longer lifespan and allow shoppers to get hold of sold out Ganni for a more affordable price. Everyone’s a winner.

There will limited time only sales, so you can sign up here to be notified, you’ll also get two hours of preview shopping before the site goes live to the general public on the morning of the 21st.

2. Little Circle

Set up by an ex Fashion Director and Fashion Stylist, this a such a clever concept for a kidswear store – you buy a product you love and when you’re ready to sell (or your child has grown out of it), send it back to them to resell and you get a voucher to re-shop. The only downside is that the smallest size is age 2 so Peggy will have to wait a little while!

3. Fara

Now obviously we all know about charity shopping, but I only recently discovered Fara for secondhand kidswear. They have 26 general stores and 14 for kidswear and it’s wonderfully edited: I picked up some baby Zara and brand new Gap for under £5 and friends have found Bonpoint, Baby Bjorn bouncers and Nike Air Max for kids!

All of Peggy’s clothes are recycled and reused, she wears all of her cousins’ old clothing and everything she has grown out of goes into the loft to pass on again.

4. NCT Baby Sales

This is the kind of thing you won’t have heard of until you have a baby, we didn’t even do NCT but everyone told us about these sales, it’s another perfect cycle where parents’ sell on no longer needed clothes/toys/gadgets which they don’t have space for and new parents can access products and clothes for a fraction of the price. Members (who pay a yearly fee) can access the sales early but other than that, they’re open to the public, but there are also lots of alternative Facebook pages for local communities, which have a similar system.

5. Reselling sites

Without going into too much detail, as I feel I’ve covered these sites a lot on my blog in the past, my top ones are VestiaireeBayTictail (where I sell my old clothes, mainly ones that no longer fit post baby – and 10% of all sales go towards Alzheimers UK) and Gumtree (we use this more for furniture, especially with the new house).

And there are small things we can do on a daily basis, too.

Obviously, there are websites like Recycle Now that can offer help with recycling and finding your nearest textile banks, for example, shops like H&M offer vouchers in exchange for dropping off a bag of clothes, most charities take used stamps (I’ve been sending mine to the RSPB for years!), most coffee shops offer a discount if you take your own cup (you save 50p on a coffee in Pret) and Garnier are teaming up with Terracycle to help recycle used shampoo and beauty bottles.

If anyone has any other recommendations, please share in the comments and let’s try and keep this from just being a ‘fashionable’ topic at the moment and keep the circle going.

Apologies for the delay in this post going live – I was having hosting issues this week!

25 Comments

  1. This is a brilliant post, thanks for sharing. I would also add I love Loopster for buying and selling nearly new kids clothes.
    Still in search of an excellent resale site for maternity wear (or clothes worn during pregnancy…). Stuff I wore for just 6 months that is still in brilliant nick 😫
    As well as Fara, Mary’s living and giving shops have also been brilliant for picking up bargains.

  2. Have you heard of Traid second hand clothing shop?

    A little bit more expensive but staff are paid and usually fashion and design students so are clothes and accessories are edited really well.

  3. Hi Alex, thanks for all these ideas! Also check at your local hospice who may recycle old/broken jewellery, watches, foreign coins too. I don’t know if you already know but the British Heart Foundation recycles furniture and will collect it too ( I think the collection is free but best to check). Take your old glasses to branches of Spec Savers who send them to people in the third world.

  4. Great post Alex,

    I like the sound of the Garnier/Terracycle partnership. In addition to recycling shampoo and beauty bottles I’ve often wondered about all the hair and beauty products we buy and perhaps only use a couple of times. Great to recycle the bottles but pouring the contents down the sink is not great for the environment. A potential idea.

  5. Hi!
    Do you know Hopaal ? It’s a French brand I saw yesterday on the French news, and they only make clothes 100% recycled!
    ( I’m not affiliated, just thought I’d share, as I think their concept is fabulous)

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