Eco-Friendly Recycling Tips for Sustainable Decluttering at Home

Have you recently decluttered your home and have unwanted items to dispose of? With thrift and charity stores currently closed during lockdown in Melbourne, I’ve had many requests from people wanting my recommendations on where to donate or dispose of their unwanted items correctly to ensure they don’t end up in landfill.

With a little bit of planning and research, you will not only have a clean closet post declutter, but a clean conscience too. Did you know that clothing in particular, can be recycled and repurposed in many ways? I encourage you to visit Planet Ark where you can pop in your postcode and category of items to dispose of and you’ll be directed to your nearest drop off locations.

Do you have worn, damaged, or unsalable clothing to dispose of?

Some organisations are able to sell these clothing pieces to companies that recycle the clothing/textiles for industrial rags or other textile byproducts. Clothing retailers HM Zara and Upparel each have garment collection programs for clothing or textiles, which they reuse or recycle.⠀

Retailer Sheridan Australia accepts your pre-loved sheets, quilt covers and towels (any brand) at your local Sheridan Boutique, Studio or Outlet store. Towels and bedding are also often needed by animal shelters or vets, and Kindergartens/Childcare centres are always grateful for donations of old sheets and tablecloths that they can use for messy paint play activities.

Some other eco-friendly ways to up-cycle your gently worn preloved clothes:

  1. Host a clothing swap when restrictions ease.
  2. Sell them on eBay, Gumtree or Marketplace.
  3. If they are premium on trend brands in excellent condition, try taking them to a Consignment store.
  4. Get your DIY on….create headbands, scrunchies, fashion accessories or cushion covers.
  5. Repair or repurpose – turn them into cleaning rags, winter pet bedding or donate to a mechanic.

Establishing simple sustainable practices in our everyday lives will have a huge long term positive impact on our planet.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed and would love some non-judgemental support to help you calm the chaos and create some systems and order in your home, I’d be happy to chat through how I could assist.

Please do not hesitate to reach out and book in a FREE 15 minute phone consultation with me.

Keep an eye out on my Instagram and Facebook pages for more tips and tricks to help you stay organised and clutter free.

Danielle x

*Please be aware that recyclers may currently be closed or operating shortened hours due to COVID-19. I recommend you to contact the recycler directly.


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