4 options for spring cleaning your closet

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Do you have a filled closet, but somehow still doesn’t have something to wear? All the magazines and blogs talk about spring cleaning your closet at the moment. They talk about giving it charity or throwing it out (DON’T) – do this instead:

  1. SELLING. If the clothes is not that used you can sell it at various resell platforms, e.g. Tradono, Trendsales, DBA, or another selling platform in your respective country. However this can be a time consuming option, and takes some skills on how to write a good text, take good representable pictures etc. But I would always try this option first.
  2. SWAPPING. If you can’t sell it, go to a swapping market. When we swap and share things, we save money at home and valuable resources in producing fewer new goods.
  3. SHARE. Join a sharing library – a collective clothing library so to say. You exchange the clothes you don’t want anymore with other cool and good quality clothes. Check out Vera Copenhagen (in Copenhagen) or The Organic Club (Odense and Copenhagen). (I really consider doing this!)
  4. GIVING. Have you thought about giving your clothes to a friend, family, parents or siblings? I am sure that someone in your network would love to have that cool sweater or dress. And maybe that person could remake it to something completely new. Otherwise there is several facebook groups where you give about various things.

 

So NEVER throw it out. Too many great things and clothes end up in trash, although they still work.

And about charity.. Research shows that recycled clothes end up undermining local producers of clothes, because clothes gathered by Red Cross or Trasborg are SOLD (not given as they make us think) to less fortunate people. 80 % of the clothes given to charities end up in stores in Africa. Of course, the money Red Cross earns on sold charity clothes is used for other charity work. Furthermore, the clothes that nobody wants to buy in Africa ends up in landfills. Consequently, 12 African countries have restrictions or bans against import of used clothes including two of the continents biggest economies; South Africa and Nigeria (link for more).

This is no life for a piece of clothes, so I would always recommend the 3 options mentioned above.

Happy spring cleaning :)

Stine Pedersen

Stine is passionated about the ongoing question of how to make a transition of the fashion industry and how sustainability and fashion can be connected. She will therefore write about alternative ways of 'consuming' fashion such as vintage, up-cycling and redoing. She is currently Project Manager at Leaderlab and LAUNCH, and has a background as Sustainable Design Engineer finishing of with a thesis in how to implement Circular Economy in a large danish fast fashion brand. Besides this interest, she always has a full calendar with friends, family,  training, exhibitions, sewing... // CONTACT: stinekolding@gmail.com

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