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Recycle second-hand clothes: do it for the planet, and for your wallet
Second-hand clothes can be reused in creative ways. Here are some examples of initiatives doing just that.
The importance of waste recycling is a widespread awareness in all sectors, from food and fashion industry to IT.
What about households? How many unused and unwanted clothes do pile up in your wardrobe? Out-dated clothing and clothes too small to be worn fill up our closet, making it the emblem of waste and bad habits.
Textiles are a great resource, offering many reuse possibilities. By recycling second-hand clothes you can give them a second life, making original and attractive items out of them.
Fashion industry grasped this trend, offering plenty of initiatives.
For example, H&M, the low cost Swedish brand, embraced the sustainable fashion concept, launching second-hand clothes collection. By adhering to the Long live fashion initiative, you will receive a voucher with a discount for your next purchase.
Due to the economic crisis we are going through, numerous initiatives aimed to recycle waste textiles came up. Barter seems to be a valid option, as demonstrated by L’armadio verde, the first Italian swap shop, where quality and branded clothes for children can be exchanged. It is an initiative with a low environmental impact that allows moms saving money, whilst educating children to sustainability.
The Web is filled with on line eco-friendly shops. Reoose is an eco-store dedicated to reuse and barter, inspired by the three R’s philosophy: reduce, reuse, recycle. In fact, as the founders affirm, people spend lots of money in useless things that are going to be put away in the attic or in landfills.
Recycling second-hand clothes is one of the small daily actions that can help cut wastes substantially. Let’s think about it.
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