Update: 22 February 2021
The most recent government announcement (22 Feb 2021) has indicated that non-essential shops and some services may be able to re-open on Monday 12th April. If this is the case, all TRAID’s charity shops will re-open on this date and our free home collections service will also resume around this time.
Until then, TRAID charity shops and free home collections remain temporarily closed. If you have items to donate, our clothes recycling banks are in operation. Plus, TRAID’s online eBay and Depop stores are open.
All TRAID’s services are risk assessed in line with Government Guidance to limit the spread of Covid-19 and to protect our staff and customers. We very much look forward to welcoming you safely back.
Where to donate?
There are three main ways to donate unwanted clothes and shoes to TRAID.
1 .Donate at your nearest TRAID Clothes Recycling Bank (open during lockdown). TRAID has many banks located across the UK.
2. Donate at your local TRAID charity shop (hopefully from 12 April). We have 12 shops in London. You are able to park close by to some of our shops, but please call the shop if you have any questions regarding donating in-store. Remember, you can Gift Aid your donations which means the charity to increase the value of your donations by 25%. Ask in-store for details.
3. Book a free home collection (hopefully from 12 April) if you live in or near London. You will need to have at least one large bin liner sized bag of quality clothes to donate, but it really helps the charity if its more. It’s easy. Book online, by phone 020 8733 2580 (Press Option 1) or by email.
What can I donate?
- Clothes (Women, men’s and children’s. All styles wanted including designer, high street and vintage)
- Shoes (Paired)
- Accessories (Bags, scarves, jewellery, hats etc)
- Linen (e.g. Curtains)
- Books & music
- Homeware (Of all kinds)
- No duvets or pillows
- No damaged clothes or shoes. For example, we cannot reuse items which are very worn or have big holes or stains.
What condition should donations be in?
TRAID needs donations which are in good enough condition to resell, we don’t mind about the fit, style or era. When you are bagging up your donations, just ask yourself if items are in good enough condition to be resold to someone else. If the answer is yes, we definitely want them. If you have some items which are a little worn, that’s fine. If you have some very good quality pieces which are a bit damaged, we may be able to sell it ‘as seen’.
From production to disposal, our clothes have significant and harmful environmental and social costs. In the UK, over 1 million tonnes of textiles are sent to landfill or incinerated every year resulting in increased waste and carbon emissions. For TRAID, the problem of clothes waste goes beyond UK landfill into the fields, factories, homes and mills where our clothes are made. Embedded in every piece of wasted clothing are huge quantities of scarce natural resources like water, oil and land. At the same time, garment manufacturing takes place in very poor countries where labour is cheap and unregulated, and human rights abuses are commonplace.
Every aspect of TRAID’s work aims to minimise, improve and transform the impacts of clothes – from stopping clothes being thrown away, to extending the life of clothes in our charity shops and our ethical fashion label TRAIDremade, to delivering sustainable education, to the international development projects we fund to improve environmental and working practices in the fashion industry.