Love Your Clothes

Over 300,000 tonnes of clothes go to waste every year in the UK. This is having a huge impact on the planet as lots of resources such as energy, materials and water go into making clothing - in fact to make one pair of jeans, it requires 1,800 litres of water! Currently, over 5% of the UK’s total annual carbon and water footprints result from clothing consumption. If clothes stayed in active use for nine months longer (extending their average life to around three years) this would reduce their carbon, water and waste footprints by 20-30%.

About the campaign

This campaign is about promoting reduction in clothing waste and extending the life of our garments by thinking before we buy, encouraging second hand and charity shop purchases, caring for and repairing the clothes we already have, and donating the clothes we no longer need to charity, friends or family.

Our top tips

Want to host your own swap shop? Here is a handy downloadable guide from Love Your Clothes to help get you started.

  • Think before you buy - ask yourself do you really need it and are you going to wear it?
  • Wash your clothes at lower temperatures to make them last longer
  • Do basic repairs of rips and tears
  • Donate any unwanted clothes to friends, family or to a charity shop. You could even sell them online if you want
  • Setting up a clothes swap shop

Want to host your own swap shop? Here is a handy downloadable guide from Love Your Clothes to help get you started.

If you are wanting to host a school uniform exchange, check out this guide

If you are a group/ organisation/ individual who wants to host their own swap shop and you are based in Barnsley, Doncaster or Rotherham, equipment is available to hire for your event including clothing rails and hangers.

To book, please use this booking form. Someone from our team will be in touch to confirm your booking.

Book online by using this form . Someone from our team will be in touch to confirm your booking.