Did you know that 85% of our collective clothing ends up in a landfill? We’ve gathered some information to help reduce clothing waste, make clothes last longer, and ultimately, save money.

Whether you’re looking to simplify and declutter your closet, save money, or are hoping to reduce your overall waste, below are some tips to help you reach your goals.  

Reduce

  1. Stay classic. Avoid fast fashion trends and stick to classic items that don’t go out of style.
  2. Quality over quantity. Instead of buying 3 pairs of low-quality pants, consider choosing one higher quality pair that will last longer.
  3. Care. Make your clothes last longer by washing them in lower temperatures and hang drying them (this also cuts back on your electricity use – and lowers your bill).
  4. Repair. Consider repairing clothes that need some TLC instead of replacing them.

Reuse

  1. Re-purpose. Could your old jeans use a facelift? Consider having them tailored into a more modern cut or into a pair of jean shorts. Tee shirt getting a little faded? Maybe it can be turned into a cozy new pajama top.
  2. Swap. Host a clothing swap friends. Have a party where each person brings clothes that he or she no longer wants or needs. Trade with your friends so that everyone leaves with fresh items for their wardrobe – without spending any money or sending anything to the landfill.
  3. Thrift. Consider browsing good quality secondhand items from thrift stores or sites like Facebook marketplace.

Sell, donate or recycle

  1. Sell. Why not make a couple bucks on nice clothes you no longer want? Resell your high-quality items to consignment shops or on apps/websites that offer that service
  2. Donate. Donating your clothing to local non-profits is a great way to give back to the community while also clearing out space in your closet.
  3. Recycle. Have clothing that can’t be donated or sold? That’s okay. You can recycle old clothing and textiles!
    • Pro tip: you can find local places that accept textiles for recycling by using the Recycling Council of BC’s (RCBC) Recyclepedia or by calling their Recycling Hotline at 1-800-667-4321
    • Some clothing stores also accept old clothes for recycling (do a quick Google search to find out which ones)

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About Consumer Protection BC

We are responsible for regulating specific industries and certain consumer transactions in British Columbia. If your concern is captured under the laws we enforce, we will use the tools at our disposal to assist you. If we can’t help you directly, we will be happy to provide you with as much information as possible. Depending on your concern, another organization may be the ones to speak to; other times, court or legal assistance may be the best option. Explore our website at www.consumerprotectionbc.ca.