Top apps, websites and groups to help you reduce waste and grab a bargain or freebie (UK) : PART 2: Fashion

 

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Full wardrobe

Welcome to the second in a series of posts linking useful apps and websites to help you reduce waste and save money.  This post focusses on clothes and fashion.

According to WRAP campaign Love Your Clothes an estimated 3000,000 tonnes of clothes goes to landfill in the UK every year. There is no need for any textiles to end up in landfill in the UK – the Love Your Clothes campaign promotes a more circular economy and provides lots of useful tips on extending the life of your clothes to reduce the environmental impact of clothing.

Buying  (or selling) preowned:

New clothing is resource intensive so one of the first things you can do to reduce the impact of clothing is to buy preowned whenever possible, and if you no longer want a piece of clothing, to pass it on rather than throw it away.

My favourite way to buy is by browsing my local charity shops,  or the weekly Swap Rail at the Eco Chi stall on Chichester market (if you are local you can find this near Marks and Spencer on North Street).  Clothes Swaps are another good opportunity to give your wardrobe a bit of a makeover.  But if I am looking for a specific item, online is another good way as you can often set up alerts to be notified when specific products are listed or join brand specific selling groups on Facebook.  Online is also good if you don’t have time to get into town during opening hours.  This is just a selection of the huge online opportunities to buy/ sell/ giveaway or swap.

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Clothes Swap Party

Pre loved Fashion:

Ebay is perhaps the best known and the one I use most.   If you are after a particular brand or size it is easy to set up alerts as new items are listed to make sure you don’t miss out.   Good for selling too as you can reach a large market.  Many charity shops also sell through ebay so you can support your chosen charity at the same time – most offer free returns.

Re- fashion is a great new site for online charity shopping made easy with free returns in case your chosen item doesn’t fit.

Facebook marketplace can also be useful for finding great buys in your local area. Many areas also have local sell/swap groups so it’s worth searching for these groups near you.  There may be dedicated groups for school uniform or uniforms for groups such as guides and scouts.

As well as local groups I use a couple of zero waste related Facebook selling groups:

Journey to Zero Waste UK Sell/Swap/ Gift – for a whole range of items but often includes clothing while Zero Waste Fashion Swap/Sell/Buy is dedicated to clothing and fashion.

Depop  and Vinted  are both sites to browse for your style – although I haven’t used these yet personally.

Free stuff:

Freecycle and Freegle are both, as the names suggest, for free stuff .   You are more likely to find people offering a whole bag of clothes after a clearout here rather than individual items.  You can also share wanted posts asking if anyone  has what you need.

Many areas also have Facebook groups dedicated to free items.

Repair or Upcycle your clothes:

Repairing or upcycling your existing clothes and fabrics is another great way to reduce textile waste.  Love Your Clothes is a really useful resource for this – with a dedicated page for care and repair.

And back to Facebook, the Eco-Friendly Sewing UK  is helpful and friendly.

Look out for sewing  and repair meet ups in your area too.    I’ve taken a few small sewing jobs to my local repair cafe.  You can find our more about the Repair Cafe Network via this link but do note that not all local repair cafes are featured there so do search online to find your local one.  My local one is the Chichester Repair Cafe

As ever, this is just a selection of the many resources available to reducing waste when it comes to clothing and fashion.  I would love to know about your favourites – please do let me know in a comment below.

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Top apps and websites to help you reduce waste and grab a bargain or freebie (UK): PART 1: Food Waste

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Welcome to part one in a series of posts linking useful apps and websites to help you reduce waste and save money.    This first post focusses on food waste.

According to the WRAP campaign Love Food Hate Waste , food wasted in the UK is equivalent to throwing 1 in 5 bags of shopping away!  As well as meal planning to help you only buy what you need, there is a range of apps and websites to help you find ways to use up leftovers, pass on unwanted food to someone else to use, or to get hold of food that might otherwise go to waste.  These are just some of them – please let me know in the comments if you have used these or any others.  And if you find the list useful, please share – you can find sharing buttons at the end of the post.

Food waste:

1) Use it up:

Not sure what to do with those leftover potatoes, or that half an aubergine hiding at the back of the fridge?  The internet is your friend, with plenty of places to find inspiration.

Many local authorities have website campaigns dedicated to reducing food waste.  Here in West Sussex you can find tips as part of the #fightagainstfoodwaste campaign, while Norfolk has Plan Eat Save.  Look out for one in your area.

Fight Against Food Waste

Plan Eat Save

Supermarkets also offer recipe ideas such as Tesco Real Food

And I have already mentioned Love Food Hate Waste which has loads of useful advice.

Plus there are websites and apps to help you search by ingredient such as   BBC FoodBBC Good Food which I use a lot, or Supercook

2) Give it away or get it for free ( or cheap):

Olio

Use Olio to give away surplus food to your neighbours or find unwanted food for free.  This app operates across the UK  and is simple to use,  although it depends on having other active users nearby – that will only improve as more people get to know about it.  I’ve used it a few times over the last year, both to giveaway and to claim food.  And it’s all for free.  Whilst the app started out just for food, you can now use it to offer other items for free too.

Karma

Karma is an app for finding spare food from businesses at the end of the day – you reserve it on the app and go along to pick it up.  You usually pay half the usual price for the food.  Primairly operating in London at present.

Too Good to Go

Too Good to Go is another place to find food that restaurants, cafes, bakeries etc might throw away at the end of the day.  Operating in a variety of big towns and cities across the UK.

The Community Fridge Network

Take a look at the Community Fridge Network website to find a community fridge near you (tip : scroll down the page) or to learn how to set one up. You can also search using #communityfridge.   This works in a fairly similar way to Olio in that you offer or collect unwanted food – but this time you drop it off at a defined location for others to help themselves.  Retailers also donate surplus food to the project. Contact the local organiser for more info on how your local one operates.

3) Other food waste initiatives

Fareshare and Foodcloud     both connect supermarkets that have surplus food to charities that can use the food where it is most needed.

The Real Junk Food Project distributes food in a variety of ways – through food boxes, cafes, schools, community groups and more.  Operating in various locations, and indeed across the world.

As well as these there are likely to be a range of other local initiatives going on in your area once you start looking for them.  I’d love to hear about any you have used/ any others you know about.

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