Whether you’re clearing out unwanted clothes, or looking for a more sustainable way to shop, then choosing to recycle your clothing, or opting for handpicked upcycled garments, is the best way to get your stylish fashion fix. Upcycled clothing encourages and develops a recycling scheme.

Recycling used fashion garments not only helps those in need, but is much more beneficial for the environment, especially in a fast-fashion industry that produces so much waste and damage to our planet.

Here at White Rose Fashion, we have discovered a way in which we can combine our passion for unique fashion with our care for the planet, by creating a brand that provides a sustainable fashion fix that doesn’t just offer high-quality hand picked garments at affordable prices, but provides a sense of community and good feeling, too.

What happens when I recycle my clothes?

You reduce greenhouse gas emissions

If you choose to throw your unwanted clothes away, then you must consider where they will eventually end up, and that is landfill. Landfills reduce the oxygen needed to break down garments, so they are left to decompose through anaerobic digestion. This means that an excessive amount of dangerous greenhouse gases escape into the atmosphere, accelerating climate change at a phenomenal rate.

To put this in perspective, recycling one hundred million pounds of clothes would have the same environmental impact as removing 25,000 to 35,000 cars from the road.

Did you know? The carbon footprint of clothing in use in the UK was 26.2 million tonnes CO2e in 2016.

You save landfill space

As well as impacting the environment, landfills are bad news for municipal budgets. An astonishing 350,000 tonnes of pre-worn, yet still wearable, clothing ends up in landfill each year – and that’s just in the UK alone, so imagine just how enormous that figure is worldwide!  This massive amount of textile waste means they take up substantial, expensive space. Recycling, however, reduces the need for as much space, which in turn makes available budget for other municipal needs.

Did you know? 800,000 tonnes of process waste from the UK is clothing demand.

You conserve energy

An unbelievable amount of energy is used to produce clothing due to a complex process that uses excessive quantities of water and electricity. Choosing to shop second-hand designer clothing, or recycling your used garments means you are living a more sustainable life.  What’s even better, the high quantity of water that would have been used to make your new clothes, instead of getting lost as industrial waste, can now be used for other more purposeful reasons, such as drinking water for those in need.

Did you know? 1KG of cotton is created using an average of 10,000-20,000 litres of water.

It’s an easy way to make a change

Recycling has never been easier.  You can even arrange a quick and easy, fuss-free collection via our online booking system. Alternatively, you can drop off your used clothing, paired shoes and accessories to one of our White Rose stores.

You help those in need

While picking out high-quality fashion pieces from popular brands, you can support the Aegis Trust, a not-for-profit charity that contributes to countries who have experienced mass genocide and aids them on the road to recovery. Explore what the Aegis Trust does, and get involved, here.

Help us support WRAP’s vision

Who is WRAP?

WRAP are world leaders in helping organisations achieve greater resource efficiency. They work with governments, businesses and communities to deliver practical solutions to improve resource efficiency. Check out their website to see the amazing work they do and how their inspired re-inventing is helping people rethink, and redefine what could be possible through reuse and recycling.

What is their vision?

Their mission is to make a push towards a more sustainable, resource-efficient economy by:

  • Re-inventing how we design, produce and sell products.
  • Re-thinking how we use and consume products.
  • Re-defining what is possible through re-use and recycling.

Read more: The Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP) 

White Rose Charity Shops

White Rose Charity shops can be found at:
16 Goosegate, Hockley, Nottingham, NG1 1FF
2 Broad Street, Nottingham, NG1 3AL.

To volunteer, donate clothes or just get in touch with the White Rose team, call 01159 472 472 or email support@whiteroseshop.co.uk

Thank you for showing an interest in what we do here at White Rose Recycled Fashion, whether you’ve donated clothes or handpicked your fashion items here, your contributions are not just appreciated by us but the Aegis Trust and your planet.

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