Highcross' Declutter to Refresh saves waste from landfill and supports local charity

3 Oct 2019

Shoppers donated pre-loved clothes and received advice from pro-stylists on how to create an autumn capsule wardrobe.

More than 85kg of pre-loved clothes have been collected at Highcross’ Declutter to Refresh event, providing essential materials for The Y (YMCA) and saving significant waste going to landfill.

The event encouraged Leicester shoppers to recycle before refreshing their wardrobes this autumn-winter season. When waste – such as clothing - is sent to landfill, it emits harmful gases into the earth’s atmosphere but the 85kg of clothes collected at Highcross is equivalent to just under 1 tonne of carbon gases being avoided. That’s the same as driving more than 1,500 miles in a 2.4-litre car plus a return flight from London to Cairo.

Most of the clothing collected at the event will be redistributed by The Y and given to those in need around the city with a small percentage being donated to textile recycling in exchange for additional funds for the work of the charity.

Jo Tallack, General Manager at Highcross, said: “This event was designed to help people give their old wardrobe new love and inspire people to shop smarter. We’re proud to see the people of Leicester got involved and together we donated over 85kg to The Y. This is a first step in raising awareness and changing consumer behaviour around the issues of surrounding sustainability and the fashion industry.”

After handing in their old clothes, shoppers were invited to explore the ‘Declutter to Refresh’ area, where three professional stylists were giving out free, expert advice on giving old wardrobes new love and introducing shoppers to the capsule concept. The stylists used only 25 items to create 100 brand new autumn winter 19 looks and the outfits then displayed in four giant wardrobe pods for shoppers to browse and get inspired.