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Upcycle or Donate

There are a bunch of ways to get rid of larger items you no longer want or need. On this page we give you some of them – give them some thought when you are replacing home items such as curtains and furniture.

Can it be reused...

bikesMaybe you don’t need those curtains or blinds any more, or that piece of furniture, light-fitting, carpet, or bedding – but could you update it, or find someone else who will?

Upcycling is not only good for the environment by keeping items out of the landfill, it is an increasingly popular hobby and, for some, a way to top up their income.

If you are unable to give something a new life with a lick of paint or new fabric you have a range of options for helping it be revived by someone else.

Options, depending on the item and its condition, include:

  • Listing it for sale or giveaway on one of the many on-line sites
  • Taking it to an auction house or second-hand shop for resale
  • Gifting it to a charity shop for resale
  • Contacting local artists who specialise in revamping furniture
  • Donating suitable items to charities such as curtain banks
  • Finding a second-hand whiteware seller who will take non-working machines off your hands, fix it and then sell it (you won’t see any money but you’ll have saved it from the landfill)
  • If you have tired bikes and kids toys that need some work, find and organisation such as Menz Shed. The members often repair things and then donate them to charities or sell them to raise funds for their organisation


If you do have a go yourself the results can be very cool, particularly if you are using older furniture with a weight and character that is hard to find today; or a light fitting that will be a one-off piece that will shine in your home once it has had a spray paint.

Looking for inspiration? Searching ‘upcycling projects nz DIY’ on-line brings up a raft of information, ideas and projects.

Clothes Swap!Clothes

Everyone loves a good fashion bargain but have you thought about the wider impact of that cheap tee on our planet? Why not score a free* outfit at a night of fun, information and guilt free shopping that is more environmentally friendly than retail shopping.

DATE: 21 November 2019

TIME:
5.30pm – 6.00pm    Clothes Drop Off
6.00pm – 6.30pm     Clothing, Sustainability and Fast Fashion in New Zealand (an informative session delivered by our Waste Minimisation Officers)
6.30pm        Clothes Swap

LOCATION: Havelock North Function Centre

How it works

  • Bring at least one item of pre-loved clothing, pair of shoes or accessories to take part (maximum of six items per person).
  • *As you arrive exchange your items for tokens (one accepted item = one token).
  • Enjoy some social time and an informative chat while our team prepare items for the Swap. Some light snacks and a cash bar will be available.
  • As soon as our team say the word, swap away!
  • Tokens are returned in payment – one token = one new item of clothing for your wardrobe.

An estimated 30% of the average wardrobe hasn’t been used in the last year . The discarded materials that end up in landfill (11.4% of waste dropped at Henderson Road Transfer Station is textile waste ) take their toll on our planet: every kilo of clothing creates 3.6 kilos of greenhouse gas emissions .

So why not put those clothes at the back of your wardrobe to good use? Bring them along to our clothes swap and exchange them for something new-to-you!

What we can't swap

  • Nightwear
  • Swimwear
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Items that are shrunk, stained or in need of repair

1 (Reference, n.d.)
2 (Waste Not Consulting, 2019)
3 (Woolf, 2019)

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