It’s less than two month until the new year, and less than three before Chinese New Year! We bet some people are starting their spring cleaning already, or at least trying to declutter their homes/rooms before the new year rolls around. That includes clearing out your wardrobe, and getting rid of old or unworn clothes that no longer fit your body or personal style (we’re not judging). Why not donate or recycle your old clothes then? This way, you get to kill two (or more) birds with one stone: donate your old clothes to help the needy, and clear space in your wardrobe, not to mention you could even buy new clothes at a discount! Of course, do make sure you check your clothes – especially the pockets! – before donating them, as you do not want to accidentally give away personal belongings or loose change.
A clothing staple for men and women alike, Uniqlo is well-known for its quality basics at affordable prices, not to mention it has outlets everywhere. Via its Recycling Program, the brand wants to maximize the use of clothing that its customers no longer wear, working with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and other NGOs and partners to distribute wearable items to refugees, disaster victims and others in need worldwide. Clothing that is deemed unwearable is recycled into refuse paper and plastic fuel (RPF) pellets for fuel. Recycling boxes can be found at Uniqlo stores across the country.
Every fashionista knows H&M, which is easily spotted in almost every major shopping mall around the world. What you might not know, however, is that H&M runs a global garment collection initiative in a bid for a “sustainable fashion future”. The company accepts any brand of clothing and textile or fabric scraps of any condition, “even odd socks, worn-out T-shirts, and old sheets”, according to their website. Customers can bring a maximum of two bags per visit, and each bag needs to contain a minimum of five pieces of clothing. In return,you’ll get a 15% discount voucher. Simply drop off your bag(s) at any H&M store and you’re done!
The Swedish fashion chain store – wholly-owned by H&M – collects old clothing even if they do not fall under the Monki label. However, they do not accept inner garments such as underwear and lingerie (due to hygiene reasons). Customers can bring a maximum of two bags per day, with a minimum of five pieces of clothing in each bag. In return, you’ll receive a 10% discount voucher. You can drop off your bag(s) of donated clothing at any Monki store.
Life Line Clothing Malaysia
Life Line Clothing Malaysia (LLCM) Sdn Bhd, established in 2013, collects old clothing articles and textiles to repurpose or recycle them. The Port Klang-based factory can be identified by their large, white donation boxes. The factory also accepts shoes, bags, and linen in addition to clothing. Items in good condition are exported to be sold as secondhand clothing, while unwearable items are cut up into rags to be sold to industries as cleaning cloths. Additionally, part of their proceeds go towards funding programmes by local non-governmental organisations (NGOs). It has 948 units of recycling bins across the Klang Valley, Bentong (Pahang) Teluk Intan and Tanjung Malim (Perak) and Muar, Johor.
Kloth Cares is a social entrepreneurship movement that was launched in 2016 for the purpose of keeping fabrics out of landfills. As textile waste decompose it releases methane, a harmful greenhouse gas that is a significant contributor to global warming, as well as dyes and chemicals in clothing causing soil and water pollution. It has partnered with Life Line Clothing Malaysia (LLCM) and Selangor Youth Community (SAY) to collect clothing donations from the public via its donation bins around the country. You can find the nearest Kloth Cares Bin here.
iCYCLE Malaysia runs on a recycling-for-points programme, where consumers are expected to sort their items, weigh them, and then receive points – all via a mobile app. The points can then be used to redeem household items or vouchers. Visit their website to find out how their iCYCLE system works, and to search for the nearest drop-off point.
Tzu Chi Malaysia
Tzu Chi was established in 1966 in Hualien, Taiwan as a Buddhist organization to help the needy, regardless of race, nationality or religion. Besides clothing, you can also donate other items like plastic, aluminium/metal, glass, paper, electronic/electrical appliances, etc. All the recyclables and used items collected, including second-hand clothing and toys, are sorted out and either sold to recycling merchants or sent to Tzu Chi’s pre-loved goods resale zone to extend their usage lifespan. Donors are advised to sort and clean the items before bringing them to a Tzu Chi Recycling Point on their designated Recycling Day(s). If the items are heavy or bulky, you can send them to a Tzu Chi Recycling Centre. Visit their website for Recycling Point/Centre locations.