Old clothes get a new lease of life as Sutton Recycling Centre trials pre-loved Clothing Boutique

Three Sutton organisations have teamed up to give clothing a second life, saving textiles from going to waste.

Sutton Council, Veolia and Community Reuse are working together to give pre-loved clothes a new home.

Residents in Sutton visiting the Kimpton Park Way Household Reuse and Recycling Centre are already able to recycle a wide range of materials or donate items, in good condition, to the on-site Community Reuse shop. 

This spring, a new trial will support residents to donate pre-loved clothing directly to Community Reuse in dedicated containers placed outside the shop.

The clothing will be sorted and go on sale for residents and visitors to buy at low prices.

Jennifer Sibley, assistant director for environment and planning at Sutton Council said: “We want to help our residents during the cost-of-living crisis, as well as take action on climate change.

“Reusing is a great way to help reduce the impact on our environment and give unwanted clothes a new home.”

Reusing clothing decreases the demand for new items, which means less energy and fewer raw materials are needed to produce them. If people buy clothing second-hand, residents can help maintain natural resources and reduce carbon emissions at the same time as saving money. 

The Community Reuse shop has an ethos of selling donated items with a discount scheme available for residents on low incomes or experiencing financial hardship.

The clothing boutique is open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday and 9am to 1pm on Sunday. 

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