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8 Ways to Reuse Your Old Clothes

February 18, 2021
Carla Lin

8 Ways to Reuse Your Old Clothes

We all have clothes in our wardrobe that we never wear anymore and never will. Take control of your wardrobe space and find out how to give your old clothes a new life and sense of purpose. Upcycling clothes not only helps the environment, but it can be a fun activity to do on a rainy afternoon!

1. Make hair scrunchies

You can NEVER have too many hair scrunchies. (They're also weirdly easy to lose...) If you have an old T-shirt in a colour you like, try and turn it into your new favourite favourite scrunchie, the best part: you can make loads from one fabric! Here’s an easy video to show you how to do it (no sewing machine or previous skills required).

2. Do a wardrobe swap

‘One person’s trash is another person’s treasure’. Clothes swaps with a friend or family member can be exciting, plus sharing is caring. Organise a swap or surprise a friend with a box full of your clothes you think they’ll like and appreciate. If you are feeling more adventurous, there are apps and websites available to hold clothes swaps with a complete stranger!

3. Send them to a charity

This one is a no brainer, we are all guilty of hoarding clothes we no longer want or need. Take the plunge and donate your clothes to a charity or hospice. If your local is not currently accepting donations due to the lockdown then we have the solution for you! Thrift+ allows you to send in your clothes and choose a charity to split your profits with. Next time you book your Oxwash, just let us know at checkout and we’ll give you a free Thrift+ bag to fill up and we’ll collect it and send it off for you, when we deliver you Oxwash back!

4. Start a side hustle renting your wardrobe

If you are having trouble parting with certain higher end items, don’t let them sit in the wardrobe, rent them on HURR! The leading sustainable fashion rental platform and the easiest way to earn some money on the side. You can choose to manage your items yourself, or to use their easy concierge service.

5. Repurpose your favourite old pieces using expert seamsters

We all have that one item in the back of the closet that we have been meaning to fix...  Enter Sojo, the on-demand clothing alterations and repairs app which collects from and delivers back to your doorstop. Repairing your clothes just got a whole load easier and now there is no excuse to throw out your clothes.

Or, if you have items that are beyond repair, or their style is just outdated, you can give your garments a new lease of life by having them Re_Considered. The planet deserves a break, and clothes deserve a second chance. Re_Considered have an extremely cool upcycling service whereby you send them your items and they make them into new items that you are sure to love & wear again.

6. Sell them! 

That blazer you haven't worn for 2 years could pay for your next designer rental outfit! Why let under-used items gather dust when they could be making cash! If you're a designer hoarder, check out Consigned, Sealed, Delivered (CSD), where you can upload a picture of the item you want to sell, and receive an offer price in just 48 hours. For high-street items, Depop is a thriving second-hand community looking for new wardrobe staples.

7. Get creative with your jeans!

Making denim is one of the most wasteful practices in fashion. Did you know that around 2 billion pairs of jeans are made each year and each pair uses 2,630 litres of water to be made! Take some scissors to an old pair of jeans or denim jacket and If you’re hesitant about cutting your clothes up, you can even get creative with paints and embroidery. Here are some examples we loved: 

8. Use Oxwash powered by Vanish!

We've teamed up with Vanish and their new sustainable formula 'Zero' to give your clothes MANY lives. The fashion industry is one of the most wasteful and pollutive industries in the world. It's time to end irresponsible washing for good. Send your clothes to us and we’ll give them the spa day they deserve and return them to you sparkling clean.

See more about our partnership here!

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