Five top tips for reusing and recycling textiles
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2. Community exchange events
There are free community exchange events in north London called ‘Stuff for Free’ where you can bring pre-loved clothes, shoes and other items. Visit our community exchange events page to find out when the next event is.
3. Clothing and shoe banks
Reusing and recycling textiles in north London is easy, with many clothing and shoe banks available. Both good quality and damaged items can be donated, provided they are in a bag to keep them clean and dry, and shoes are tied together in pairs. To find clothing and shoe banks in your borough, use Recycle for London's recycling bank locator.
4. Charity shops and jumble sales
There may be regular car boot sales, jumble sales and fetes in your borough where you can take your unwanted textiles to be sold. Charity shops are also a great place to take pre-loved clothes. Use the Charity Retail Association’s handy tool to find your nearest shop.
5. Repair and reuse
If items are a bit worn or don’t fit, try customising or fixing them to give them a new lease of life and save you money. Use floral scarves or off cuts of pretty fabric for waste-free gift wrapping. Tear up old t-shirts or sheets to make rags and cleaning cloths.