Clothes Aid

  • Green Benefits

    Millions of garments are sent to landfill every year, creating huge waste and damaging the environment.

    In the UK, we wear an item of clothing on average for less than a third of its useful lifespan.

    Help Clothes Aid clean up the environment by giving for good causes.

    If you have clothes and shoes to recycle please call our Helpline on 020 7288 8545.


    Green Benefits

Clothes Aid gives clothes a second chance - helping to reduce damage to the environment and raising money for the causes you care about, all without costing you a penny. 

Every year, British shopaholics throw away about 63% of their clothes into landfill - taking up much-needed space and emitting dangerous greenhouse gases as they degrade.

Diverting thousands of garments every year, Clothes Aid transforms your clothes into cash for charity by selling them on to nearby European countries, where there is a high demand for British high-street fashion.

And, after transport, Clothes Aid estimates that 530,000 tonnes of CO2 are saved each year by reusing clothes in this way.       scroll down for more 

Sustainable Clothing Action Plan
Clothes Aid is a member of the Steering Group that oversees the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP).

Led by WRAP, SCAP’s ambition is to improve the sustainability of clothing across its lifecycle. By bringing together industry, government and the third sector we aim to reduce resource use and secure recognition for corporate performance by developing sector-wide targets.

SCAP is overseen by a Steering Group, consisting of major retailers, brands, recyclers like Clothes Aid, sector bodies, NGOs and charities, and four working groups


Re-use and Recycling group
Clothes Aid plays an active part in this group which is focused on diverting textiles from landfill by improving collection and separation systems, and developing markets for re-use and recycling. Activity includes:

  • developing systems and initiatives (including consumer communications) for improving collection of clothing
  • separation of clothing for re-use and recycling, where re-use of clothing is preferred to recycling
  • market development for re-use and recycling of clothing and lower material grades

Valuable Income

Find out more about how your old clothes help our charity partners across the UK.



School Collections

If you are a school, academy, college or university looking to fundraise through clothes collections, click here.


Charity Champions

Would you like to do more for charity and fundraise by collecting unwanted clothes? Become a Charity Champion today.