How to have an eco-friendly declutter

Here's how to detox your home without having a negative impact on the environment...

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Published: September 2, 2021 at 7:28 am
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Every now and then, it's always nice to have a big clear out of the clutter that's accumulated over time. But how can you declutter your home without negatively affecting the environment?

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Follow these top tips to make your clear out as green as possible…

How to have an eco friendly declutter

Charity shops are the perfect solution for unwanted clothes, books, furniture and home accessories. The British Heart Foundation is encouraging people to continue to donate to its 730 shops across the UK. As long as the item is in good condition and one that you think someone would want to buy, the BHF would love to receive it. If you don’t feel comfortable enough heading to your local high street just yet, you can post your donations for free or have larger pieces of furniture collected direct from your door. Visit bhf.org.uk/shop to find out more.

If you’d prefer to sell your unwanted items, try eBay, Gumtree or Depop. Just remember to send your items in eco-friendly packaging. Recyclable or reusable is best. If your items aren’t in a condition to be resold, HIPPO offers a reliable waste disposal service. Simply order a HIPPOBAG, fill with waste and book your collection when you’re ready. Over 95% of the waste HIPPO collects is recycled and thus diverted from landfill, so you can rest assured your waste is being disposed of responsibly.

We’ve all been recycling our food packaging for years now, so why not recycle unwanted clothes and textiles, too? If your clothes aren’t charity shop worthy, recycling is an easy way to prevent them from ending up in landfill. They can be made into new items such as cleaning cloths and industrial blankets. Check if your local council offers a collection service or drop them off at your nearest recycling point.

We’re big fans of upcycling at YourHomeStyle. If there’s a way to give an old item a new lease of life, do it. When it comes to furniture, a lick of paint and a bit of creative thinking can go a long way.

It’s also super easy to repurpose clothes, and the best bit? You get a whole new outfit in the process! Pinterest has an abundance of ideas, so why not transform that damaged knit into a cosy pair of socks?

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