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Unwearables - recycling unwanted textiles

A massive 7000 tons of textiles are thrown into landfill in Hertfordshire every year - get tips on what you can do with them.


Did you know that all textiles can be recycled?

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 as:

  • it's a waste of resources used to make them

  • they break down to release methane - a harmful greenhouse gas.

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.


Did you know that on average 30% of what's in our wardrobes hasn't been worn for over a year?  

Get decluttering

It's time to raid your wardrobe

  • Does it still fit? Follow these great tips on how to declutter your wardrobe.
  • If you have clothes that are in good condition, sell or donate them - hand them down.
  • Stay motivated by joining the Love Your Clothes challenge and taking the pledge - you could win a £200 Red Letter Days experience voucher.  

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.
  • Search your local charity shop for unique finds.
  • 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.