The fashion industry is under enormous pressure to take steps to stem the environmental damage caused by it. 

Tonnes of used and discarded clothes, shoes and accessories end up in landfills, however, with innovative and creative methods,

 about 95 percent of this waste could be salvaged, recycled and reused.

More importantly, some studies show that upcycling may not only help reduce environmental impacts associated with production and consumption of clothes, but may also help reduce production of new clothes
Brands are moving towards a circular economy by encouraging consumers to recycle, offering free shipping, free weekly pickups from home, drop off points across cities, discount coupons and reward points. 
The end goal is to create an efficient system to close the loop, a circular manufacturing model where the raw material is reused and repurposed again and again, effectively eliminating waste. FashionUnited has traced such recycling efforts over the course of the last year, involving individual apparel, outdoor and sportswear brands and department stores as well as non-profit organisations, cities and professional recyclers.
Is 2021 the time for a full wardrobe detox?
 If your clear out has left you with a pile of unwanted clothes, read on for our guide on how to recycle clothes you no longer want or need responsibly.
How to recycle clothes: whatever you do, don’t chuck your unwanted clothing or textiles in the bin.

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Textile recycling

Textile recycling is the process of recovering fiber, yarn or fabric and reprocessing the textile material 

Textile waste products are gathered from different sources and are then sorted and processed into useful products. 

Processed depending on their condition, composition, and resale value.

Selling, Donating and Recycling Old Clothing

Textile waste and the fashion industry now cause nearly as much pollution and landfill waste as big oil. Going green with your (clothing) habits is more important than ever, and fortunately, it’s fairly easy to mitigate your personal impact on the environment. Start with addressing how you dispose of old clothes. The average American throws out around 70 pounds of textiles every year. To reduce waste, go through your unwanted clothes and divide them based on condition. Then, try an eco-friendly way to get rid of things rather than throwing them in the trash.


If you just throw away or donate all of your used clothes, you may be throwing out money. Just because you don’t want to wear that summer dress anymore doesn’t mean no one else does. In fact, someone would probably be willing to pay for it. Name-brand fashion consignment sites are popular online, but there are lots of small, local businesses that sell goods on consignment, too. You give them the clothes you want to sell, they do the work of drawing in customers, and when your stuff sells, they give you a payout. Other online marketplaces, ranging from Craigslist and eBay to Facebook and Instagram, give you the chance to sell used clothing directly. It’s a little more work, but you keep all of the profit.

If you don’t need any extra pocket money, you can still put your unwanted clothes to work for you. Hang out with your friends and update your fashion for free by having a clothing swap. Clothing swaps give you and your friends a chance to put together fresh looks without reaching for your wallets. Your fabric goods go somewhere they will be used and appreciated, and you provide the same service for your friends. Everyone wins, including the environment.