Updating your look? Don’t bin your clothes, donate them

Australian Red Cross is asking the fashion-conscious to be eco-conscious and donate pre-loved winter fashion to Red Cross Shops.

Australia’s love affair of fashion is well documented, with ABC’s ‘War on Waste’ reporting that we dispose of 6,000 kilograms of fashion and textile waste every ten minutes. And with people under 40 turning their wardrobe around faster than most, Red Cross is asking young Australians to think about how they dispose of their clothes, as they restock their wardrobes for a new season.

For Australian Red Cross’ annual winter donation drive, Head of Retail Richard Wood says Red Cross Shops are the perfect destination for the garments people no longer wear.

“For people who love fashion and are looking to freshen up their look, think twice before throwing pre-loved items away as Red Cross Shops will gladly take them.”

Retail volunteer Philip Rocconi

“Every year Australians make a big contribution to the environment by donating clothing to Red Cross Shops and saving it from going to landfill.”

“Last season’s winter coats, boots and jumpers are perfect for resale in our op shop network, and you can feel good knowing you are making a positive contribution to the environment, while raising funds for our life changing services.

“The money raised from your knitted scarves and fleecy jumpers can be turned into a daily phone call to help elderly Australians stay safe and independent at home; they could be used to provide a shower and a hot meal for a teenager facing homelessness; or clean drinking water for communities living in poverty.”

Red Cross relies on the support and donations of generous Australians – we couldn’t do what we do without them.

Find your nearest store to donate your winter woollies: redcross.org.au/shop.