Singapore is a place of change, which is evident in the rising number of positive movements within the city in recent years. As a nation that prides itself in recycling, several campaigns have been organised to eliminate the concept of waste as well as encourage citizens to reduce and reuse. Such movements have seen a gradual shift in attitudes towards going zero waste, with more Singaporeans taking matters into their own hands to minimise wastage and maximise recycling in all consumption aspects of their lives – be it for food, electronic devices, or clothes.
Not wanting to further contribute to the landfill, locals have been opting to donate or recycle their old garments to give them a new lease of life. Fashion recycling is no new concept as selling or giving items away for free after an afternoon of decluttering is increasingly common these days. Doing so allows us to help people in need or earn a quick buck, and at the same time, conserve our environment. Besides, in 2016 alone, Singapore generated an alarming amount of more than 150,000 tonnes of textile waste, of which only 7% of such waste was recycled. To change that, you could do your part in making a conscious effort to recycle your unwanted wardrobe items. Not sure where to start? Here are 5 places where you can give away your pre-loved clothing without having to toss them down the chute.
Freecycle, a global non-profit movement, encourages people around the world to form a wholesome network of giving and receiving goods for free. The network has also found a home in Singapore and operates mainly on Facebook. Interested in the cause? Feel free to post the items that you wish to give away on Freecycle.sg’s website as well as the community tab of their Facebook page. With the main goal to divert reusable goods from the landfill, Freecycle offers a sustainable platform that not only helps the world give away the items that they do not need, but also provides the people who do with free access to such items.
If one man’s trash is your treasure, then this might just be your new secret spot for getting the best goods in town. Held at various locations around the city’s core, expect to score some amazing steals here. With registration fees priced within $15 to $30, you could end up paying next to nothing for quality items if you know how to spot them. Besides, Swapaholic provides a great avenue for you to get rid of your unwanted fashion items aside from Carousell and flea markets.
There are times when you need to let go so as to create space for better things to enter your life. And by life, we really mean your wardrobe. Here’s looking at all the old dresses and tops you have tucked away so far back into your wardrobe that they have not seen the light of day in years. They should have gone way out of style by now, so you probably are not going to wear them again. Why not recycle them? As part of H&M’s corporate social responsibility, the Close the Loop initiative aims to boost awareness on sustainability as well as the importance of being socially responsible. They accept any unwanted clothing of any brand, quality, and condition, so just drop them off at any H&M outlet. On top of that, you will even get a $5 voucher off your next purchase!
New2U Thrift Shop
Established and operated by the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO), New2U thrift shop is home to the most unique finds that range from vintage dresses to books to designer pieces. Drop off your pre-loved wardrobe items at the SCWO centre any day of the week between 9am to 10pm to contribute to their collection – just remember to mark your bags with “Donation for New2U”. You will also get to do good by donating because all proceeds from New2U’s sales will go towards SCWO’s initiatives as well as the Star Shelter, a refuge for women and children who are survivors of domestic violence.
Earn some fast cash while ridding your wardrobe of all the pieces that you just don’t see yourself wearing anymore with Refash, Singapore’s largest online and offline secondhand marketplace. Unlike its other counterparts in the market, it is completely free of charge to sell your items in their stores, but do note that a portion of the sales will go towards Refash. The only downside? They will only accept items that are fairly in trend and in good condition. Other than that, all you have to do is create an account on Refash and drop your items off at their store and they will do all the work for you.