“Where do I give this away?” From outdated dresses to untouched toys, here’s where you can donate your stuff, mamas!
Every spring cleaning throws up the usual suspects: the dress that shrank (nope, you did not grow a size up!); the gift that was given with love (but without taste); the faded t-shirts which are nearly as thin as gauze (but so comfy!); and the toys, oh my God, SO MANY TOYS! Yes, it is time to let all these go. But if you are planning to just trash them down the chute – stop right there!
Singapore’s trash ends up at the incinerator, and the resulting ash fills up our one and only landfill. It would be so much better to find a second home for all your things old. Which is why the planet-loving team of Secondsguru has created this fabulously useful list of the best places to give way clothes, textiles, toys and kids accessories. (For more categories, head here).
The first and best step – environmentally – would be to find a new home within Singapore for your used items. Start by asking your friends and family. But if you find no takers, here’s where you can go to #PassItForward:
Image mission runs Dress For Success in Singapore – a social programme that helps women from low-income and distressed backgrounds secure jobs – via coaching for interviews, and providing office-appropriate wardrobes. In case you have work-appropriate clothes (they are often short on plus-sizes), neutral color bags or low-heeled office shoes to give away, just contact them. Drop off by appointment only; call (+65) 6747 6510 or email [email protected]
This young enterprise is on a mission to improve Singapore’s abysmal 7% textile recycling rate. Their plan to get your cooperation? Making it super easy for you as you simply schedule a collection on their website instead of arranging drop off. They collect not just clothes but also other home textiles, as well as good condition toys. Green Square’s facility sorts clothes so that the good quality piles are exported for resale, and the rest are recycled into industrial cleaning cloth. That means you don’t have to restrict your donation to good condition items.
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If you are giving away good condition clothes and accessories, and are planning to refill the empty space left behind in the wardrobe – why not try swapping? Local start-up Swapaholic organises swap (aka exchanging) events regularly in Singapore for men, women and even kidswear. To participate, you will need to drop off the clothes/accessories at their centres in advance (typically in CBD), and pay a small admin fee. Your contribution will be vetted for wear-and-tear, and likewise, you get to choose from good condition items at the swap event.
H&M’s recycling programme is another hassle-free way of giving up old clothes and home decor textiles. All H&M stores have collection boxes near the payment counter and each bag you drop off earns you a 15% discount voucher. Clothes are sorted depending on whether they can be re-worn (and hence re-sold), reused (converted into cleaning cloth, etc) or recycled (converted back to fibre and used for insulation). If you are unable to rehome your fabrics, this is the perfect spot for them.
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This Singapore start-up is one of the most active used goods marketplaces in the city – across categories ranging from clothes to toys. Available on app as well as desktop, it is an easy and efficient way to find buyers. Just price at $0 if you want to give away items for free.
Project Uplift and Wacoal
If you have bras in usable, good condition, hand them to Project Uplift; who will mail them to communities of women who cannot afford it. If they are worn out, Wacoal’s recycling drive is a better option, as they will be incinerated to generate power.
Almost all animal shelters welcome clean towels as these provide a versatile use for their residents – from playthings to cage lining, to clean up! SOSD’s collection box (open all hours, every day) is the Yellow Donation hut, right outside their shelter at 22 Pasir Ris Farmway 2, Swift Singapore, Blk C, #01-13/14. Likewise, SPCA and Causes For Animals are happy to accept at their respective centers.
Social Media Forums
You can find takers for your preloved goodies on active Facebook groups. For baby things, targeted forums such as Preloved Baby Goods and East Coast Preloved Sales work well. Toys, books, breast pumps and all sorts of baby goods change hands fast in these networks. To give away for free, post on iamfreecycle and Freecycle.SG, or download the FreeGood app.
Ten Feet Tall
If your child has outgrown his/her black school shoes, head to Ten Feet Tall to buy new ones and leave the old pair behind. The donated pairs will be channelled to school-going kids from low income families in Cambodia, Vietnam, Bali and India. The Ten Feet Tall store at Holland Village collects throughout the year, and the team runs collection drives at school events now and then. Note that only black school shoes, trainers, and football boots are accepted at present.
Tzu Chi Singapore
Drop off preloved clothes, electrical appliances, school bags, leather, belts, shoes, soft toys every second Sunday of the month at the various collection points.
MINDS (Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore) accepts most used items that are in usable, good condition (as they will be re-sold) – such as clothes, bags, books, small furniture, household items, toys and more. For more info, contact Ms Linda Yusop ([email protected]) or call (+65) 8180 2095.
They accept most used items and have drop-off locations island-wise here. But be aware they get more than they can use, so a vast number of items are ultimately shipped out of Singapore.
Finally, keep a lookout on Secondsguru’s calendar to stay updated on ad-hoc collection drives. And you are wondering where your old electronics, books, furniture etc can go – read Secondsguru detailed Guide to Giving!