How can I donate?
There are four main ways to donate clothes to TRAID.
1 . Book a free home collection 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 it’s more. Book online, by phone 020 8733 2595 or by email.
2. Post your donation for free. You’re now able to post your donation via any Collect+ store in the UK (minimum 1kg). All you need to do is download the free postage label, print it at home or in-store and attach it to your packaged donation. Drop your donation off at your local Collect+ store and we’ll do the rest! To find out more, please visit our postage donations page.
3. Donate at your local TRAID charity shop. 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.
4. Donate at your nearest TRAID Clothes Reuse Bank. TRAID has many banks located in and around London. If you work for a London-based business, you can also host a clothing drive at your workplace. We can provide you with information and posters to help you set this up. Email us for more details.
What can I donate?
- Clothes (Women’s, men’s and children’s. All styles including designer, high street and vintage)
- Shoes (Paired)
- Accessories (Bags, scarves, jewellery, hats etc)
- Linen (e.g. Curtains)
- Books & music
- Homeware (Of all kinds)
Unfortunately we cannot accept duvets or pillows, 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 them ‘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, to delivering sustainable education, to the international development projects we fund to improve environmental and working practices in the fashion industry.