How to recycle unwanted clothing and textiles
Check if your local council collects clothes and textiles to be recycled. Items must be clean and dry, and shoes should be in pairs;
If your local council doesn’t collect clothes and textiles to be recycled, drop off your unwanted items at recycling points and clothing and textile banks in supermarket and local car parks;
Donate items to registered charities and re-use organisations - some, such as British Heart Foundation, offer a free collection service from your home;
If you are fundraising for your school or organisations such as Girl Guides or Scouts, there are textile companies who can arrange a collection to help you to raise money for your cause;
Many high street retailers such as Primark and M&S offer clothing donation banks in-store, sometimes called 'bring back schemes'.
Good to know
Dunelm operates a textiles take back recycling scheme in a selection of their stores and accept all clean home textiles including duvets, pillows, bed linen, towels, curtains, cushion covers, cushion inners and bedding protection. Check their Textile Take Back Scheme FAQ page to view a list of participating stores.
You can shwop your clothes and recycle your bras with Marks and Spencer or donate your unwanted bras to Bravissimo Alternatively, check with your local charity shop to see if they accept unwanted bras, or use the charity recycling bags that come through your door, just check the list of items shown on the bag to see if they accept them first.