Keeping Our Clothes in Our Community

We’ve all seen and probably used them. Containers where we hand in our ‘old’ clothes so they can be resold or recycled. In an earlier article I wrote about The Clothing Myth Deficit and what happens to most clothes after they are collected. When I was organizing the first Clothing Swap Bergen -event, I coincidentally got in touch with Norge Gir, the company behind the blue containers with the big globe on them (you might have seen them around Bergen/Oslo/Stavanger). They offered to provide a first batch of clothing that we could use for the swap. This was an amazing opportunity to get enough clothes to start the event, so I decided to collaborate.

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Why It Is Still So Hard To Recycle Our Clothes

The fashion industry is struggling with a huge waste problem. And even though recycling is totally normal to us, recycling clothes is not something that we necessarily consider. Donating your clothes is NOT recycling them (read my article on what happens to our donated clothes here). Sadly, only 1-10% of clothes that we donate is actually resold and a big part of it ends up in landfills or incinerators.

Though I believe that the most important way to change the fashion industry is for us consumers to buy less, I also think that a sustainable industry is a circular one. The production of textiles is draining our planet, while their destruction is polluting it. Circularity could drastically decrease both problems. Recycling plays a pivotal role in creating a circular system. Why then, are we not recycling?

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