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Fight Fast Fashion

How to stay stylish... and sustainable.

 

 


Declutter

  • If you have clothes that are in good condition, don't throw them away - sell or donate them.
  • Stay motivated by taking the Love Your Clothes pledge - you could win a £200 Red Letter Days experience voucher.


Reuse

Ever been swishing?

It's a public clothes swap event that is fun and free where you can swap unloved items from your wardrobe for those others have brought along.


Revive old treasures

  • Love your clothes, so they last longer.
  • When doing the laundry, use a wash filter to catch the harmful microplastics before they go into the water system.

 

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Consider a "capsule wardrobe".

That's a collection of a few essential items that don't go out of fashion.

Get your staples in a fit and colour that suit you, then add a few seasonal pieces to change the look.



Go natural, get quality

Search for natural fibre

  • Avoid synthetic fabrics - materials such as polyester, rayon, nylon and acrylic shed microplastics everytime they're washed
  • Reduce your clothing footprint by choosing natural fabrics like wool, sustainable cotton or bamboo
  • Shop during the sales so you can more easily afford better quality items which will last longer.


Charity shops

Find your local charity shop – pass on old stuff and find the next bargain to spark joy in your world!

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Second-hand first

Buying second-hand

  • It's much cheaper
  • Helps the environment – the most carbon intensive part of the life cycle of clothes is in its production
  • Buy online at Ebay, Depop or Etsy – you'll be amazed by all the classic vintage pieces
  • Hold a clothing event like a clothes swapping party.

Enjoy swapping, not shopping.

 

 

What is a clothes swap?

Like shopping, but free!

Clothes swapping is a fun, easy way to de-clutter and update your wardrobe. It's guilt-free shopping with no cost to you or the environment. Simply exchange your unwanted items for a fresh look.

Taking part is simple – during the drop off time bring along up to 10 unwanted, adult-sized, good quality clothes and earn one token per item.

During the swap time exchange your tokens for items which are new-to-you.

Second-hand doesn't mean second best!

 

 

Host your own clothes swap event

Avoid fast fashion by throwing your own clothes swap.

Get some friends, family, colleagues or a community group together for an inexpensive, sustainable and fun way to update your wardrobe!

Make use of our free-to-hire equipment kit including hangers, clothes rails and a free-standing mirror, plus tokens and posters so you have everything you need to make your event a success.

For more information, contact wasteaware@hertfordshire.gov.uk

 

 

Swap Rules

  • We accept a maximum of ten items per person in adult sizes only.
  • Items accepted: good quality clothes, shoes and bags.
  • Items not accepted: bad quality items (dirty, ripped, torn, stained, broken zips, etc) jewellery, underwear, nightwear, swimwear or babies and children’s clothes.
  • Bring your own reusable bags to take items home – carrier bags will not be provided.

Any items remaining by the end will be donated to a charity shop.

This event is for good quality clothing only. Find out what to do if your clothing is unwearable.

 

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 Unwearables - recycling unwanted textiles

Did you know that all textiles can be recycled? Get tips on what you can do with them.

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Recycling clothes

All your worn out, torn and unwanted old textiles can be recycled into something completely brand new - things like blankets, car seats and padding for chairs.

Throwing your old clothes in the bin is a BIG problem - the facts about clothes.

Textiles bring banks will accept any clothes, towels and bedsheets that you no longer want.

 

Tip: You could have a designated recycling bag at home to start storing your old and unwanted clothes, ready for your next visit.

Love Your Clothes so they last longer

The ‘Love Your Clothes’ campaign is bursting with handy tips to help you love your clothes, so they can last longer.

  • Know your care labels -  Are you confused by the symbols on care labels? Don’t worry you’re not alone - almost 70% of the clothes we throw away could have been prevented by better care habits. Get to know your care labels  - it'll prevent dye running and clothes shrinking in the wash.

  • Line drying and washing at 30 will reduce the carbon footprint of your clothes and help them last longer.

  • Make do and mend - Button fallen off? Broken zip? It’s amazing what you can teach yourself. Check out these helpful mending tutorials from Love Your Clothes.  
  • Revamp your existing clothes by embellishing, altering and combining them in new ways. You don’t need to be sewing savvy to revamp your wardrobe - check out how you can get creative with your clothes.

 


Why reduce, reuse and recycle your clothes? Here are the facts...

 

of what's in our wardrobes hasn't been worn for over a year.

 

 

Every year, Hertfordshire residents throw over
of textiles into their rubbish bins, when they could have been reused, repaired or recycled.

 

 

Clothes in landfill release methane, a harmful greenhouse gas.

 

 

Textiles production is also the world’s second largest industrial polluter after oil.

 

 

The fashion industry is responsible for of global carbon emissions. This means the clothes that we buy are contributing to climate change more than air and sea travel combined.

 

 

In the UK, we buy more clothes than any other country in Europe.

 

 

The trend of ‘fast fashion’ has resulted in more than half of items bought being thrown away in less than a year.

 

 

Around £140 million worth of clothes goes in our general waste bins in the UK every year – that’s around

 

 

We're encouraging our staff and residents to give their clothes as much life as possible and ensure they're not sent to landfill or incinerated.

 

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