NOV 2021 UPDATE: H&M and UNIQLO which collect clothes even unusable condition for recycling/upcycling have stopped collecting due to the pandemic. So for expired unusable clothes or fabric scraps, I recommend posting them for free in these ONLINE DUMPSTER DIVING sites because the members are big on upcycling.
Did you think it was harmless to keep all those clothes for years and years in your closet??? Hoarding clothes has real consequences to our daily lives, health and happiness.
Yes it’s true! Whenever I open my closet and I see things that make me feel sad or guilty, I ask myself this:
WHY SHOULD I LET GO OF CLOTHES THAT DON’T SPARK JOY?
1. REDUCE MENTAL LOAD
Yes every time you see something that you haven’t used or worn, you feel a little bit bad each time. Imagine if you had donated those items… now there will be no more reminder everyday about the mistakenly purchased product.
2. REDUCE HEALTH RISKS
The clothes you don’t wear literally gather dust. And then molds and mildew. Imagine all that dust and fungi growing inside your closets and how that affects your breathing and your skin. Especially if you have asthma or skin asthma.
3. REDUCE HOUSEHOLD CHORES.
Less stuff means less to clean. I remember, before I Kon Mari-ed my closet, I always had a few shirts that were stuck in the bottom, and by the time I wanted to wear them they were super dirty and needed to be washed. Then the bottom of the closet needed to be wiped and disinfected.
HOW TO LET GO?
Choose to keep only what sparks joy by doing the #KonMariMethod. Then for the rest fo the clothes left on the pile, silently say
Thank you clothes for
…. teaching me that this style doesn’t suit my taste
…. helping me get to know my body and what isn’t flattering on me
…. teaching me a lesson on thoughtful consumption
…. for giving joy to whomever gets to use these clothes next.
Once you thank the clothes you are letting go ot, it doesn’t seem like such a waste that you didn’t use them.
- Please always wash or sanitize clothese before donating. Those who are in need of donations, don’t have time nor resources to wash clothes. Let’s donate mindfully to give respect to basic human dignity. I love my Samsung Air wash function for this. It’s like dry cleaning without harmful chemicals.
- There are clothes that aren’t fit for donation. Victims of calamity, will have no use for dressier items like gowns, stiletto heels, jewelry, minis, tube tops, etc. For these items, I sell them for half of retail price on Declutter MNL and other FB buy and sell groups.
MY FAVORITE PLACES TO DONATE CLOTHES
Tzu Chi Foundation picks up for free, if it’s A LOT of items to donate. Aside from clothes that are in good usable condition, they also accept the following.
For clothes make sure to donate climate appropriate clothes that can help the poor or victims of calamity. Please do not send winter-wear or dressy items like ball gowns or stilettos. For these type of items, better to donate them to Segunda Mana below.
You can bring them to a Tzu Chi Recycling Center. Or you can get in touch with their office to ask them when they can pick up in your area. This is for if you are donating large items like broken home appliances and lots of recyclables like these.
76 Cordillera cor. Agno Street, Barangay Doña Josefa, Quezon City
(632) 8732 0001 / 8732 0002
Viber Anita +63922-8460640 • +63976 044 6998
For usable clothes that are in great condition and can still be resold, but are maybe not appropriate for donations i.e. ballgowns, etc then Segunda Mana by Caritas Manila is your best bet. They pick up for free, or you have drop off donations like the one pictured below by the basketball court of Baranggay Bel-air in Makati.
They don’t just accept clothes, but any other item that has value to be resold, like home items and furniture. 100% of their sales proceeds go to educating 5000 Filipino youths around the country, especially those in areas of calamity. So you can feel good knowing that your items will get a second life in the new
Segunda Mana also accepts
- OLD ITEMS that can still be used
- USED ITEMS that still have value
- NEW ITEMS
- OLD STOCKS and NON-MOVING INVENTORIES
- Home items and furniture
- Broken items that can still be repaired because they also have a program that teaches people to repair stuff to give them a livelihood.
- Segunda mana also has a tie-up with junk shops, so you can also send them recyclables as long as you ask them beforehand (send pics) and the recyclables must be properly segregated.
For inquiries and for scheduling of pick up of the items you want to donate, you may call them at
Lizel/Mary Ann +63929 834 3857 • (632) 564-0205 to 562-0020 to 25
Segunda Mana is the donations in-kind program of Caritas Manila to help the poor help themselves. It is a social enterprise that collects in-kind donations.
You may also want to try donating to Caritas Manila below.
I usually bring clothing items for recycling to H&M. They are trying to Close the Loop by receiving items that are either 1) usable for donation to people in need, or 2) any fabric/textile that needs to be recycled, so clothes or towels or beddings with holes, or even bikinis and underwear, etc.
Drop off clothes and textiles from ANY brand, in ANY condition in ANY of their stores
And the bonus is getting a 15% discount voucher for each bag donated. This is not why I donate to H&M though, but just a small bonus that they give. Read more about what happens to their textile donations here.
These are just two of my favorite places to donate clothes, but there are so many more. Here is a great guide for more places to donate clothes in Metro Manila:
For Uniqlo branded items in any condition – usable or not – they also have drop off points in all their shops. Please inform their staff that you are donating something. Their drop off points look like this:
These are just the ones that I use most because of convenience but there are so many other places to donate used (or unused) clothing + Recyclables in Manila:
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