New Year, New You? What a great time to sort your wardrobe!!
Jersey’s environmental committee kick started their 2022 environmental initiatives with a recycling scheme for clothes, towels and bedding that is no longer needed.
They asked the office to donate items they no longer had use for, these items would then be taken to the Salvation Army where they will be recycled for other purposes, such as for sofa stuffing.
We asked Caroline and Stacy (who ran this initiative) to share their thoughts and views on the environment and why it is important to them.
“We joined the environmental committee to get involved in the great initiatives that really do make a difference to our planet (& also have some fun along the way!)
We have something planned for each month and for January we choose a clothes recycling scheme as the New Year is a great time for a clear out! To make things easier for our Jersey team, we asked them to bring in any unwanted items so we could sort and drop off to charities or to a firm that recycles surplus clothing.
There are so many advantages to donating to charity and buying second-hand clothes!
- It helps reduce environmental impact as you’re reducing the amount of textile waste in dumps and extending the lifecycle of the clothes. Second-hand clothing reduces water pollution because instead of the pollution created to make the clothes, you’re reusing them, getting the most out of the garment as you can and making sure the resources used to make it more worth it. One t-shirt takes 2,700 litres of water to make, that’s enough water for one person to drink for two and a half years.
- Air pollution - when you buy and wear used clothing, you’re reducing the need for the clothing industries to create new clothing and distribute it, which helps keep the air cleaner.
Any other items (like towels and bedding) and non-reusable clothes can be taken to the clothes banks where they can be recycled into new items, for example, cushion stuffing. Therefore, nothing goes to waste!”