So you've Marie Kondo-ed your closet - now what?
Instead of sending your unwanted clothes straight to the landfill, consider donating instead!
Why donate? It's a simple alternative to ensure that your old clothing gets a new lease of life, either through reselling, up-cycling, recycling, or more. Not only will you be benefiting someone else with your donations, you'll also be playing a part in combating the textile waste issue in Singapore.
And of course, it's always good to remember that consuming more consciously is the most sustainable option possible. Purchase only when you need it and support sustainable brands - that's how we keep the movement going! Thrifting or swapping are also wonderful alternatives if you're looking to buy better.
Here, we've summarised a list of organisations that would happily take in your donations.
The Salvation Army is a name that's probably familiar to most. Committed to aiding the underprivileged, you can be sure your donated clothing will be put to good use.
Check out their list of available drop-off points here.
New2U is a thrift store that offers a good range of pre-loved vintage pieces. All proceeds go to Star Shelter, or to various initiatives by the Singapore Council of Women's Organisations (SCWO). Lookout for updates on their Facebook page for when they're accepting donations!
When donating, make sure to indicate "Donation for New2U" on your package.
Location: 96 Waterloo Street, SCWO
MINDS runs 4 thrift stores located across Singapore, with offerings based on the donations they get from the public. Proceeds go towards empowering the intellectually disabled.
View all their available locations here, and refer to this list for what they take in and what they do not.
Image Mission runs the Dress for Success programme collecting work-appropriate clothing for women, which will help the marginalised get back into the workforce.
Call 6747 6510 or email them at email@example.com to enquire about donating! Please note that clothes must be deposited in person.
Location: 6 Ubi Rd 1 #04-11, Wintech Centre
Project Uplift takes in your old lingerie for redirecting to women who may not be able to afford such support.
They do regular collection drives, so be sure to keep tabs on their updates, which will be posted on their Facebook page.
Metta Welfare is an association that provides support to the elderly and those with special needs. When donating, please ensure all items are placed in a plastic bag before dropping them in the bin that’s located in the basement carpark of Metta Building, 32 Simei Street 1 (access via the side gate which is open from 6 am - 6 pm daily).
More information what they accept here.
Green Square is a new initiative that aims to recycle your old textiles and educate the public on the 3Rs. Here's a list of the items they collect.
All you have to do is a schedule a collection with them, and they'll come right to your doorstep to pick your donations up!
Never knew you could donate old clothing through Carousell? Well, neither did we. Turns out it's pretty simple - just snap, list and upload your item along with the hashtag #blessings.
View what others have listed here, and read about some ways in which Carousell's blessings have benefited the needy.