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RS Living: How to Recycle Your Pre Loved Clothing

by Riley Studio |

Having a Wardrobe Clear out?

With lots of extra time on our hands, we may feel the need to spring clean our living space and evaluate what items we still cherish and those we no longer require. 

Over 11 million items of clothing go to landfill in the UK each week and to ensure a circular future, we need to avoid worsening this already terrible situation caused by the fashion industry. 

Here are some tips for the most environmentally friendly ways to recycle your unwanted items. 


1. Repair 


Riley Studio offers a lifetime guarantee with all products as we would hate for anything to go to landfill. Just contact our customer service and we will organise a repair or replacement for you. 

The Restory specialises in the repair of leather handbags, shoes and accessories. Their mission is to have you fall in love with your favourite pieces all over again. 

Your local dry cleaner or tailor will also be able to make amends to holes and faults in your damaged clothing to give it a second life. 


2. Recycle 


We create from waste, using yarn that is made up of old items of clothing so we have always been an advocate for recycling your unwanted clothes!  With charity shops closed during Lockdown 3.0, here are some alternative ways to donating and recycling your unwanted clothing.

Find your local clothing bank with the Love Your Clothes Recycling Locator here

Alternatively you can order a clothes recycling sack direct to your door from First Mile, they deliver it and pick up for a small fee. This clothing will then be recycled to create new materials for use in all kinds of industries. 

During lockdown, local food banks are also taking clothing to donate to families in need. 


3. Re-sell 


Give your un-wanted clothing a new home and make some money in the process by selling on resale apps such as Vestiare Collective, a great way to find and sell second hand luxury clothing, bags and shoes. 

Depop is another fuss free way to sell all kinds of items, from high street to designer labels, to ensure they stay within the circular fashion economy.