What are some old clothes

7 ways to pass on old clothes sensibly

By NunuKaller on 03/28/2017

It's spring, finally. This general feeling of relief that the cold temperatures are finally over, and that life is finally taking place outside again, triggers the desire in many every year to get rid of old ballast in the closet. Clothing from the last few years that you definitely no longer wear will be sorted out. But what to do with these pieces?

There are several options: You can sell, swap or donate the clothes. What not to do: Just throw the parts in the trash. The mountains of textile rubbish are already immeasurably large, and it is simply unnecessary to throw things away that can still be used or processed. There are the following options:


The discarded item of clothing was very expensive or is still of very good quality, but you just don't like it anymore? Then post it, for example, on www.kleiderkreisel.de or bring it to a second-hand shop near you that takes items of clothing on consignment. This means that if the item sells in the store within a certain period of time, you will get part of the retail price.


Nothing is more fun than a swap party among friends, where you give each other what you have sorted out. It is often impressive how good the pieces you can no longer see on yourself look on others - and what wonderful pieces your friends sort out. In addition, there are simply evenings with friends that are great fun.


Many items of clothing that had a hole, a tear or a button that had fallen off used to be repaired in just a few simple steps. Nowadays they are given away because buying a new one seems cheaper. But the most ecological piece of clothing is the one that doesn't even have to be produced - that means that you should wear your own clothing for as long as possible. If you look into it you will find out: sewing is not witchcraft. Closing a hole or sewing on a button only takes a few minutes and the garment is wearable again.


When we are sewing: Have you ever thought of simply sewing something completely new out of old items of clothing? You will find a lot of inspiration in DIY fashion: http://www.diymode.de/nie-wieder-langeweile-100-upcycling-ideen-zum-naehen-basteln-und-dekorieren/


Donating clothing in containers has unfortunately become a difficult topic: The majority of clothing donations do not end up with those in need (as the donors suggest), but are sold in other countries. High-quality items end up in second-hand shops in Germany and other European countries; tons of inferior items are shipped to Africa, where the clothing is sold in markets. The high competitive pressure due to the sheer mass of clothing on offer has resulted in the African textile industry falling to the ground and countless jobs being lost. Only those pieces that are no longer wearable (cut up, torn, full of holes ...) go into a downcycling process and are processed into insulating material for cars or cleaning rags.

Basically, however, it is still better to throw your clothes in containers and not entirely away. However, it is important to look at the “fair evaluation” logo. The fair valuation is the umbrella association of non-profit clothing collectors, and clothing in such a container is guaranteed to benefit non-profit purposes, the umbrella organization itself is not profit-oriented and supports social causes. Here you can check whether there is a fair evaluation container in your area.

But there are also other ways to donate your worn clothing - with the following examples you avoid the risk of the old clothing ending up on an African textile market:

1) OXFAM: You can hand in clothes in the Oxfam shops, the sale goes to social projects. You can find a shop near you here: https://shops.oxfam.de/shops

2) DIRECTLY TO THE FACILITIES: The most direct method is to hand in old clothes (such as bed linen, towels, ...) directly to social institutions. It is best to inquire directly in the homeless facilities, refugee homes or women's shelters in your area whether they may need used textiles.

3) SOCIAL SHOPPING STORES: Not only clothing, but also everyday items such as kitchen utensils or furniture can be handed in in social department stores. In Berlin, for example, there is the Fairkaufshaus (http://www.fairkaufhaus.de), in Munich the White Raven (http://www.weisser-rabe.de/wr/helfen-und-spenden/)

But be careful, emptying the wardrobe completely in order to create a lot of space for new pieces is not expedient from an ecological and social point of view and fuels unnecessary consumerism. It is best to pay attention to the quality and durability of the parts (also from a stylistic point of view!) When buying a new one. We are keeping up with fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, who has long insisted: “Buy less. Choose well. Make it last. Quality, not quantity. Everybody is buying far too many clothes. ”Loosely translated this means:“ Buy fewer parts that are carefully selected in order to be happy with them in the long term. Look at quality, not quantity. We all buy way too much clothes. "